Over the years, I have seen buildings, bridges and even ships demolished but this is the first time I have ever seen an aircraft (and a large one at that) demolished.
The problem with most implosion videos is that (a) they’re shot from way outside the exclusion zone and (b) are usually obscured by local people trying to capture the moment on camcorders and mobile telephones.
This one of the implosion of the Parliament House Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama is nice as it actually shows the inside of the building, illustrating the pre-weakening and charge-setting.
Demolition is more science than art; just ask any true demolition or explosives engineer. However, take a look at this video, particularly around 40 seconds in, and tell me there’s not something vaguely artistic and almost beautiful about the synchronised dropping of the three towers.
Proof, if it were needed, that the public just doesn’t understand the world of demolition. Yes, explosive demolition is an incredible spectacle but NO, it is not a dust-free environment.
The Internet is a marvelous invention and it has revolutionised information gathering and global communications. However, if it has one major disadvantage, it is the fact that if you do something wrong in front of a camera, it will still be haunting you a quarter of a century later. And please, please wait for the explanation….it’s priceless!
Ever wondered why structures are systematically dismantled rather than just pulled down?
Now you know!
There was no last-minute reprieve for the old Ellis County Jail in Dallas. Demolition crews tore down the 1929 building Monday to make way for a parking garage and a new county courts facility.
Full story here.
Work to bulldoze the iconic building, which featured in the original 1970s movie Get Carter, was expected to begin in Autumn 2007. Full story here.
The stretch of Texas 73 between Port Arthur and Winnie could open by mid-week after two barges dropped on the highway by Hurricane Ike are cut apart and removed.
“We’re ripping them apart, one chunk at a time, and then we’ll haul away the pieces on trucks,” said Jeff Fuller with Xtreme Demolition, an Oak Island-based marine salvage company.
Full story here.