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This Detroit college just used eBay to implode a building

Everyone knows eBay is a great place for antiques, car parts, and used sweaters. As it turns out, it’s also a good place to score the opportunity to destroy a building.

A Detroit-area community college just auctioned off the chance to push the detonator and bring down a 17-story building on its campus. The structure was blighted and is being torn down to make way for future expansion.

The listing’s title said it all: “Implode a Metro Detroit Skyscraper for Charity! Unique Holiday Gift Experience.”

If you’re reading this, you’re too late to put in a bid. The auctioned closed last Thursday, following a bidding war that ended at $15,000. The money will help fund scholarships.

“I was offered the opportunity to push the button, and I thought, what a great idea to sell it,” said Dr. Tim Meyer, the chancellor of the college.

Just as quickly as the bids went up, the building came down on Sunday morning. An anonymous winner declined to press the detonator, so the honors went to Andrea Wilson, 26, a recent graduate and Oakland Police Academy Recruit.

It’s explosive proof that you really can get anything on eBay.

Credit: Bradley Blackburn and Darwin Phillips

This Detroit college just used eBay to implode a building

Everyone knows eBay is a great place for antiques, car parts, and used sweaters. As it turns out, it’s also a good place to score the opportunity to destroy a building.

A Detroit-area community college just auctioned off the chance to push the detonator and bring down a 17-story building on its campus. The structure was blighted and is being torn down to make way for future expansion.

The listing’s title said it all: “Implode a Metro Detroit Skyscraper for Charity! Unique Holiday Gift Experience.”

If you’re reading this, you’re too late to put in a bid. The auctioned closed last Thursday, following a bidding war that ended at $15,000. The money will help fund scholarships.

“I was offered the opportunity to push the button, and I thought, what a great idea to sell it,” said Dr. Tim Meyer, the chancellor of the college.

Just as quickly as the bids went up, the building came down on Sunday morning. An anonymous winner declined to press the detonator, so the honors went to Andrea Wilson, 26, a recent graduate and Oakland Police Academy Recruit.

It’s explosive proof that you really can get anything on eBay.

Credit: Bradley Blackburn and Darwin Phillips

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