News Briefs: Dome implosion 2.0; airport power outage; banking assistance

The remaining wall of the Georgia Dome collapses. (Image courtesy WSB-TV)

A second implosion at the Georgia Dome at 1 a.m. this morning was a success, according to officials. A misfire of the explosives left Gate B and the East Wall still standing once the dust settled on the initial implosion on Nov. 20. The early morning demolition did cause some minimal damage to nearby structures, including a shattered exterior glass panel of Building C of Georgia World Congress Center and a small nick on an exterior glass panel of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Rain helped contain the small dust cloud to the site. Clean up is underway and expected to be completed by winter’s end.

There is no evidence of terrorism or foul play in the Nov. 17 power outage that crippled Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department along with federal and local partners said the fire was caused by “an electrical failure inside of a switchgear box located in the long below-grade tunnel which runs beneath the airport concourses. A subsequent intense arc flash ignited surrounding insulation and other combustibles inside the box.” Thousands of flights were cancelled or diverted on Sunday and Monday, while travelers scrambled to find hotel rooms.

The Bank on Atlanta Initiative will launch in April 18 offering city residents free or very low-cost banking products, along with financial education and financial counseling. Launched in San Francisco in 2006, the national model of Bank On is currently operating in cities including Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Savannah and Washington D.C. The Bank on Atlanta initiative will begin with a pilot of several zip codes: 30303, 30310, 30312, 30313, 30314, 30315 and 30318. Neighborhoods included in these zip codes are Pittsburgh, the Historic Westside, Downtown and Peoplestown. These zip codes were identified and chosen based on median household income. 

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