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Jesup City Hall torn down

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JESUP (KWWL) -- Jesup residents watched as the city hall came tumbling down Friday evening.

The building was more than 100 years old. Friday's demolition came earlier than expected. The mayor says some problems arose while crews were cutting the building loose from the adjoining structure.

"When they made the last cut on the roof, the brick broke loose and they decided they needed to tear it down immediately," said Jesup Mayor Jacob Spiegel. "They weren't supposed to start until next week."

The plan is to re-build a city hall at the same location. Previously, voters rejected a $1.3 million bond for the project. Mayor Spiegel says the city is doing everything it can to lower the cost and then plans to take it to the voters again. In the meantime, city hall staffers are working out of a double wide trailer near the school.

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