Bittersweet: Imperial Sugar Factory Implosion

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The namesake of Sugar Land, TX, Imperial Sugar has been based in the Houston suburb since 1843. On Sunday, hundreds of people came out to see two buildings that were part of the company's original sugar refinery demolished to make way for new business and housing developments. The first building, the red bin building, came down easy, but the white furnace house resisted two implosion attempts before workers ran out of dynamite. The building unexpectedly collapsed while workers where installing cables in a final attempt to pull it down. No workers were harmed in the collapse. PHOTOS BY MARC BRUBAKER