The implosion of the Gage Towers dormitories at MSU-Mankato over the weekend went off smoothly. The 12-story towers were safely imploded Saturday morning. Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the buildings come down. First an announcer counted down, and then a series of blasts could be heard. At first nothing happened, but a second or two later the towers began to collapse inward. In about 12 seconds the buildings were reduced to rubble, and a huge dust plume expanded in a cloud. The site will be redeveloped for parking. Two new buildings have already replaced the dorms after the university decided it was cheaper to build new housing rather than fix up the old complex.