The Georgia Dome’s implosion left nearby cars and buildings coated in grime after a dust cloud trailed across the sky Monday. It also left some downtown Atlanta residents worried that the particles may be harmful to their health.
Neighbors with asthma, allergies and bronchitis have been taking extra medicine and staying inside to avoid breathing in the substance, according to Channel 2 Action News. The dust has also made an impact on nearby businesses, such as window- and car-washers.
Gregory Price with 70s Car Wash told Channel 2 that cars have been coming in caked in the dust, which he described as a hard, clay-like consistency that’s difficult to get off.
“It usually takes about an extra 20 or 30 minutes because you got to rinse it all off,” Price told the television station.
Price wasn’t the only one who noticed the difference. A window washer said he’s never seen dust so thick; a woman claimed the soot is causing her congestion, watery eyes and difficulty breathing.
The Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association has asked the demolition company for car wash vouchers, according to Channel 2. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority had not responded to the station’s request for comment Tuesday.