There are about two ways to bring down a structure: piece by piece or in a fiery blaze of destruction. The only problem with the second choice is that it’s typically followed by weeks, months, or even years of cleanup, but it makes for a great viewing experience.
The Saskatoon Traffic Bridge in, you guessed it, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, stood mightily for 108 long years. The 951 foot (289.8 meters) long bridge connected Victoria Avenue to 3rd Avenue across the South Saskatchewan River. In 2010, the Saskatoon Traffic Bridge was closed due to severe corrosion and will be replaced by a newer and larger bridge by 2018.
On Sunday, January 10th, demolition of the old Saskatoon Bridge began with a bang, or, multiple bangs, rather. Two of the bridge’s spans were located directly above dry land, so they were subject to implosion. The final span, which sits over the river, will be demolished at a later time. As the explosions went off in unison, the two spans fell straight down to the ground and were quickly covered by a cloud of smoke.
The video below, by EpicJib Aerial Media, shows the full speed implosion and the slow motion implosion right afterwards.
Last July, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that undergoing a demolition suddenly fell, amid odd circumstances, and flying debris fatally injured one of the contractor’s project managers. Now, the family of the man killed is filing lawsuits against all parties involved with the demolition, calling it “illegal” and “reckless.”
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
JPMorgan Chase announced their intentions to tear down their existing 52-story headquarters in Manhattan, New York City early last year. When the demolition is complete, it is widely believed that it will be the tallest building ever to be voluntarily demolished. It’s speculated that the building will be dismantled floor-by-floor, as opposed to imploded, due to obvious safety concerns.
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.