Controlled explosives on Sunday brought down the rest of the Surfside, Florida condo that collapsed on June 24, leaving more than 140 people dead or missing.
The confirmed death toll rose to 24 on Saturday with 121 still missing at the site in the heavily Orthodox-Jewish area.
“The building poses a threat to public health and safety, and bringing it down as quickly as possible is critical to protect our community,” Cava said at a press conference.
Israel sent an elite IDF engineering team to Florida to help in recovery efforts, mapping out the disaster site, identifying victims and survivors and supporting local rescue forces.
The cause of the disaster is still unknown. A 2018 engineering report found “major structural damage” to a concrete slab supporting the building’s ground-floor pool deck, AP reported, warning that “failure to replace the waterproofing in the near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”