'Leaning Tower of Dallas' Created After Failed High Rise Demolition

Sometimes 300 pounds of dynamite just isn't enough for the job and things don't go your way.

A high rise building north of downtown Dallas, Texas, was slated to be demolished on Sunday, but instead, a failed demolition left a section of the building still standing at a distinctive tilt, giving it the nickname, "The Leaning Tower of Dallas."

The scheduled implosion was part of a new $2.5 billion development project that will see a new office building, a hotel, various eateries, and other shops to the area located north of downtown. However, despite nearly 300 pounds of dynamite, the demolition company couldn't quite knock the old building down.

“The majority of the building at 2828 N. Haskell was imploded with explosives this morning. In certain instances, especially in the case of older buildings with all concrete and steel core construction, the building core and elevator shafts require additional demolition measures, and we will proceed with conventional demolition efforts over the course of this coming week," a spokesperson for Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition said in a statement.

Steve Pettigrew, president of Pettigrew Inc, another company involved in the demolition blamed the building's concrete and steel core.

"The skirt came off the core," he told NBC News.

The remaining structure, which is about 35 feet shorter than the 11-story original building and tilting at 15 degrees, will be brought down later this week with a crane and wrecking ball, Pettigrew said.

Meanwhile, residents in Dallas have taken advantage of their new landmark, taking a series of photos in which people can be seen "pushing" or "lifting up" the leaning tower.

The structure does not pose a threat to nearby structures or pedestrians in the area, a spokesperson for the company stated.

Once everything is properly brought down, crews will begin construction on the mixed-use project that will include space for offices and residences, as well as places to eat and other services.

"The concrete and steel core elevator shaft that survived the demolition process this morning is a testament to same 'built to last' philosophy we will honor in our development of The Central. These remaining improvements and debris will be safely removed this week, and we will be well on our way to providing a next-generation development with incredible walkability, activated green spaces and a place for our community to work, live, connect, and recharge," Artemio De La Vega, president and CEO of De La Vega Development, said in a statement.

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