Lemma 70.19.4. Let $S$ be a scheme. Let $X$ be a quasi-compact and quasi-separated algebraic space over $S$. Let $U \subset X$ be a quasi-compact open subspace. Let $b_ i : X_ i \to X$, $i = 1, \ldots , n$ be $U$-admissible blowups. There exists a $U$-admissible blowup $b : X' \to X$ such that (a) $b$ factors as $X' \to X_ i \to X$ for $i = 1, \ldots , n$ and (b) each of the morphisms $X' \to X_ i$ is a $U$-admissible blowup.

**Proof.**
Let $\mathcal{I}_ i \subset \mathcal{O}_ X$ be the finite type quasi-coherent sheaf of ideals such that $V(\mathcal{I}_ i)$ is disjoint from $U$ and such that $X_ i$ is isomorphic to the blowup of $X$ in $\mathcal{I}_ i$. Set $\mathcal{I} = \mathcal{I}_1 \cdot \ldots \cdot \mathcal{I}_ n$ and let $X'$ be the blowup of $X$ in $\mathcal{I}$. Then $X' \to X$ factors through $b_ i$ by Lemma 70.17.10.
$\square$

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