University of Alabama's Rose Towers torn down Wednesday

It took 10 seconds to implode a 43-year-old Tuscaloosa building Wednesday morning.

Thousands of spectators watched as University of Alabama's Rose Towers imploded to make room for a new residence hall set to be completed in August 2014.

"Our history is gone now for a lot of us," said former Rose Towers resident Carol Diegel.{}

The residence hall was used for several reasons, including housing those displaced by the April 27th tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa.

Since its opening in 1969, it's estimated that more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff lived in Rose Towers.{}

It will take several weeks to clear debris left by Wednesday's demolition.{}