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POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 10:54am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

Minneapolis bridge imploded; falls into Mississippi river...

A few dozen fathers got quite the gift Sunday morning.

It wasn't a tie or cologne.

Their kids bought them tickets on a chartered cruise so they could have a front-row seat to Minneapolis, Minnesota's Lowry Bridge implosion.

Paradise Charter Cruises gave a couple boatloads of people the chance to watch the implosion from the Mississippi River.

They choose to watch from the water because it was tough to find a spot on land.

There were few public places for spectators to watch the collapse because officials set up a 1000-foot perimeter and nearby river banks are lined with private properties.

The Lowry Avenue Bridge, a Minneapolis landmark since 1905, was closed in April 2008 after it was found to be structurally deficient.

Demolition crews used nearly 200 pounds of explosives to bring down the bridge.

All of the steel is scheduled for removal from the river bed within one week.

If mechanical removal of the piers fails, a second implosion may be needed in mid-July.

Construction on a replacement bridge is scheduled to begin this fall.

A new bridge should be in place by 2011.

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