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Video of area silo demolition catches national attention

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  OSSEO, WI – What was supposed to be a quick demolition of an old silo, ended up being a massive mess for an Osseo family, and it was all caught on camera. Long-time Osseo residents, Leona Torpen and her husband, Rick, are no strangers to the sight of a silo demolition on their property. Leona said, “We had the … Continue reading

Fire breaks out at Purdue University’s ENAD demolition site


WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – An early morning fire broke out on Purdue University’s campus at the demolition site of the former Engineering Administration building. The Purdue Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday when a passerby called to report smoke in the area. The fire was contained mostly to the roof area of a power plant building and … Continue reading

2 Bars Damaged in Demolition Accident

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RALEIGH, NC – Two bars on Raleigh’s popular Glenwood South are closed after a wall from a nearby building crashed down on them during a demolition project. The accident happened Tuesday at the beginning of the lunch hour at the corner of Glenwood and North Street. Eyewitnesses said that they heard a loud thud. Some said they felt the ground … Continue reading

Port of L.A. fire extinguished; crews begin demolition


WILMINGTON, CALIFORNIA – The Port of Los Angeles fire that sent a thick plume of toxic smoke into the air Tuesday, forcing a nearby elementary school to evacuate, has been fully extinguished, officials said Wednesday. Crews will now begin the process of demolition and cleanup after the fire smoldered for more than a day in multiple layers of heavy pre-World … Continue reading

Explosion burns demolition worker at pulp mill


FRENCHTOWN, MONTANA – A demolition worker was burned Monday morning when cornstarch dust exploded while crews were tearing down a storage tank at the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp mill in Frenchtown. Mel Holtz, public information officer for the Frenchtown Fire Department, said the injured worker was using a cutting torch on a hopper that once stored cornstarch used in … Continue reading

Demolition Worker Falls To His Death While Demolishing Bridge Over 91 Freeway

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RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA – A demolition worker reportedly fell to his death early Sunday when a railroad bridge over the 91 Freeway partially collapsed. The incident was reported around 3:15 a.m. at the Pachappa Railroad crossing over the westbound side of the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol. The segment of the freeway is between 14th Street and Central Avenue. Okesene … Continue reading

Injuries climb to nine in building collapse at old Bethlehem Steel plant – UPDATED


SPARROWS POINT, MARYLAND – Nine people have been reported injured — three of them critically — after a building collapse at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant in Sparrows Point, officials said. Baltimore County police and fire said all people were accounted for. Police initially said five people were hurt. Police said the injured people were doing demolition work on the … Continue reading

Company fined nearly $52K for demolition worker’s death


ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health is fining a company nearly $52,000 for violations following an accident that killed a demolition worker on a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Johnny Valek, 61, of Plymouth, was killed in September when a concrete section collapsed on the cab of his backhoe. It was part of a building being torn … Continue reading

Tragedy strikes at Kyle Field Tuesday when a demolition worker plummets to his death.


COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS Press Release from A&M System officials: “Officials confirmed that at approximately 11:25 a.m. today Angel Garcia, an employee of Lindamood Demolition, fell from the fourth level of the north end of Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University. He was immediately transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas, where he passed away. … Continue reading

Shrapnel injures several after implosion at power plant – VIDEO

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – One man was seriously injured and others less so when a spectator-friendly implosion to demolish an old Pacific Gas & Electric steam power plant on Rosedale Highway Saturday went terrifyingly wrong, sending shrapnel into a group of onlookers. Hundreds had gathered in the pre-dawn hours to witness the event. After it happened, cheers turned to screams as some … Continue reading

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