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Watch the last part of Anniston’s Wells Fargo building come down – VIDEO


ANNISTON, ALABAMA – Sunday saw the demolition of Anniston’s former Wells Fargo building at 10th Street and Quintard Avenue. Workers have been in the process of taking down the seven-story structure, which was more than 40 years old, since last year. It first was home to Anniston First National Bank and has changed hands over the years. The bank has … Continue reading

Snake River Bridge Imploded – VIDEO


HOBACK JUNCTION, WYOMING – A dramatic explosion brought down two steel arches that used to support a bridge over the Snake River south of Jackson. The controlled detonation happened at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Crews then set about removing the debris that fell into the river — work that might continue into next week. The Wyoming Department of Transportation already has … Continue reading

Demolition Begins at Duke University West Union – VIDEO

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – Structural demolition of the West Union Building began this week as construction crews started the process of removing the core of the nearly 100-year old building. Heavy construction machinery tore into exterior walls on Feb. 25, the latest phase of work as Duke moves toward an anticipated project completion date of January 2016. When finished, the … Continue reading

Beachfront hotel “tripped” – VIDEO


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A beachfront hotel came down quickly and without warning Wednesday, but the demolition of the old Howard Johnson hotel gave drivers along State Road A1A and spectators quite a scare. Dianne Bolduc said she was shaking after watching the demolition. “It was incredible, but it happened so fast,” she said. “(There was) no announcement and they … Continue reading

Steel Mill Demolition Underway


MINGO JUNCTION, OHIO – As the once roaring Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel mill enters its fifth year of silence, steelworkers and government officials maintain hope for a restart – even as the facility’s current owner demolishes its older portions. The Mingo facility, the largest of the former Wheeling-Pitt. plants, still contains the modern $115 million electric arc furnace installed in 2004. However, … Continue reading

Metrodome Demolition Begins – VIDEO


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – It’s a milestone week in the demolition of the Metrodome. You can now see through some of the exterior walls. Crews have knocked out parts of the upper deck on the northeast side. It’s a meticulous process, bringing down a stadium that used to have the nickname ThunderDome. Now, all the decibels are coming from heavy machinery, … Continue reading

Historic McClung Warehouse Being Demolished – VIDEO


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – J.W. Demolition, a Charlotte, NC demolition firm, began tearing down what’s left of the McClung Warehouses in downtown Knoxville on Sunday. After last week’s fire, there was no hope of saving the structure. Knoxville Fire Marshal Danny Beeler said, “Unfortunately this building was to a point, it had to come down.” Crews explained the demolition is a … Continue reading

Watch implosion of Sunoco crude oil fractionator – VIDEO


WESTVILLE,  NEW JERSEY – A large plume of smoke rose on the outskirts of Route 130 as three structures were imploded at the Sunoco Eagle Point Refinery Saturday morning. There wasn’t much fanfare surrounding the controlled implosion of the refinery’s crude oil-converting fractionator, which was built in 1949, one tower and one chimney. The early morning explosion was an oddly … Continue reading

Herb Duane’s “State of the Demolition Industry” featured in C&D World Magazine


Check out the digital edition online! Herb’s article begins on page 15.

Metrodome deflates in preparation for demolition – VIDEO


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Vikings’ Metrodome has deflated for the last time. Officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opened the stadium’s relief vents to begin the deflation at 7:15 a.m. Saturday in downtown Minneapolis. Fans providing the air that supports the roof were turned off. The 10 acres of Teflon-coated fabric were done deflating in 35 minutes. Bill … Continue reading

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