Searches resume after remainder of collapsed Florida condo leveled for safety

Search and rescue operations had been suspended until the unsafe portions of the condo were flattened, now rescuers are racing to get ahead of a tropical storm.
The collapsed condo in Surfside, Miami

The remainder of the collapsed condominium tower in Surfside Fla., was flattened Sunday night with a single controlled explosion, easing danger ahead of tropical storm Elsa’s arrival. Search and rescue operations resumed Monday morning.

Crews had been racing through the day Sunday to make a demolition possible. The charge collapsed the building shortly after 10 p.m. ET.

“We want to make sure that we control which way the building falls, and not a hurricane,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett explained.

Search efforts paused Saturday afternoon so engineers could secure the site and prepare for the demolition, which officials have said is crucial to allowing authorities to continue to look for survivors safely.