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Demolition crews working around the clock to prepare for Martin Tower demolition

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The countdown is on. We're now just days away from the implosion of Martin Tower in Bethlehem.

Crews are working around the clock to prep the site for the big blast. It is no easy feat. An implosion like this takes years of planning.

The final preps are underway, but Controlled Demolition Inc. won a private, competitive bid for the job a few years ago and they've been working on it ever since.

Bringing a 21-story steel building to the ground takes a lot of planning.

Thom Doud is the field operations manager for Controlled Demolition Inc, the company hired to knock down Martin Tower.

"Buildings are like people and we want to get to know the building," Doud said.

That's why his crew has been visiting the site on and off for years, creating the master plan.

Over the past three weeks, the company's been prepping the site, making cut points on different floors and placing detonators throughout the building.

Doud says they'll continue to prep throughout the week, working right up until the blast, double, even triple checking their work.

And it's Doud himself who gets to press go, a job even after nearly 30 years he says never gets old. 

"When you get into that last 10 seconds there's still a deep breath and you pray for the best, you know you pray that gravity works that morning and you'll know in about 17 or 18 seconds whether you're a hero or not," Doud said.

Doud says he's very confident things will go smoothly Sunday morning, and the best part of his job is he doesn't have to clean up the mess. That's a whole separate crew.

Watch the demolition live on WFMZ-TV and here at WFMZ.com on Sunday, May 19 starting at 6 a.m.

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