We’ve written about couple interesting demolitions recently, such as a Plano, TX water tower and a historic Detroit hotel, but, even though both of those were completed with no problems, demolitions don’t always go so smoothly. The videos below highlight some of the worst demolitions ever caught on tape and most of them are pretty hilarious.
16’ x 65’ Silo
Uploaded to Youtube by Ben F, this video shows a guy trying to “tip” a silo by weakening one side with a sledge hammer, much like the process used to demo the aforementioned Plano water tower. The initial attempt was unsuccessful, but there is a satisfying ending to this one.
Russian High Rise
It may seem easy to blow up a building with some explosives, but this Russian demolition failure shows you that it still takes some careful planning to make sure the building actually goes down.
London, England High Rise
The best part about this one is the shot of the giant banner of the demolition company on the side of the building at the very end of the video. I’d be trying to pull that down as quickly as possible after that debacle.
High Rise with Tipping Method in Turkey
This is the first building on the list to employ the “tipping” method, but it certainly didn’t go as planned. Let’s get this building signed up for gymnastics classes, it’s a born natural.
275-foot Smoke Stack in Springfield, Ohio
This one has all the makings of a nightmare, but thankfully no one was injured by the accident, so don’t be worried by all of the screaming children. The smoke stack fell the wrong way after the explosives went off and landed on a power line, causing several more explosions. I’m sure the fine residents of Springfield didn’t find this too funny when 8,000 of them lost their electricity.
Wrong Home Demolished in Fort Worth, Texas
Well, we can’t just show you all sparks and smoke, sometimes crews actually demolish the WRONG BUILDINGS. In this case, a demolition company tore down a three bedroom home next door to the house they were supposed to demolish. That’s going to cost somebody a lot of money.
Chinese High Rise
I never knew a building could split in half so perfectly