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Extreme Makeover crews add a little Hollywood flare (and flames)

Ty Pennington, left, host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," shoots video as participants crouch around a prop of a plunger to "initiate" the explosions.
Ty Pennington, left, host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," shoots video as participants crouch around a prop of a plunger to "initiate" the explosions. 01/12/11- Jonathan Dyer/The Beaufort Gazette

Wednesday, Jan. 12: The crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" used pyrotechnics Wednesday to simulate the selected' home being destroyed in a bombing run while the family headed to Disney World.

The show chose Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Dickinson, his wife India and their five children to receive a new home in Mossy Oaks in Beaufort.

The house was rigged with pyrotechnics, and explosions were filmed. That footage will be combined with shots of the design team getting into planes at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and footage of a jet flyover, said Susan D'Anna, a media specialist with World Design Marketing, which is coordinating press coverage for the local building project.

Later, two excavators got to the real work and tore the house down

"In 10 minutes, the house was demolished," D'Anna said.

The site was cleared and a new foundation poured.

THURSDAY: Framing is scheduled to begin on the Dickinsons' new house, which will take most of the day. A group of Marines will be there to collect donations for care packages to send to their deployed brethren.

WANT TO GO? The building project is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors should park at Piggly Wiggly on Ribaut Road. Regular shuttles will take them to the site.

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