The 18-storey Bank of Industry building in Lagos, Nigeria, became the subject of that country's first ever explosive demolition, according to a report on the Afrique en Ligne newswire. The building had partly collapsed in 2006 and had become a threat to local residents
The blowdown was performed by South African demolition contractor Wreckers Group, under contract to the state government. Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola was quoted as saying "I am happy that it had happened without any loss of life. That has been my main concern, as well as that of the members of my cabinet."