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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

The Sir John Carling building goes boom – VIDEO


OTTAWA, CANADA – The biggest blast in Ottawa’s history was over in seconds on Sunday, reducing the 11-storey John Carling Building to 40,000 tons of rubble by 420 kilograms of explosives. Hundreds of people gathered 300 metres away from the federal office tower at 930 Carling Ave. that overlooked Dow’s Lake to catch a glimpse of the $4.8 million demolition. … Continue reading

Watch the 1959 Inner Belt Bridge Implosion – VIDEO


CLEVELAND, OHIO – Hundreds of Clevelanders hiked to the public viewing area at East 14th Street and Broadway Avenue to watch five spans on the 55-year-old Inner Belt Bridge come down in a controlled implosion at 6 a.m. Saturday. It took only seconds for 182 pounds of explosives to bring down the 10 million pounds of steel on five span … Continue reading

Massive blast will take down aging 11-story Ottawa building this weekend


OTTAWA, CANADA – The biggest implosion in Ottawa’s history is set for this Sunday as a demolition team is expected to take down an aging, unloved federal office building. The 11-story Sir John Carling Building will be turned into about 40,000 tonnes of rubble Sunday at 7 a.m. when Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc. sets off about 400 kilograms of intricately-placed … Continue reading

Hamilton paper mill smokestack demolished – VIDEO


HAMILTON, OHIO – More than 1,000 Hamilton and Butler County residents watched with mixed emotions as the former Champion Paper Mill smokestack and boiler house that graced the skyline for over 100 years crumpled in 20 seconds on Friday morning. On the stroke of 9 a.m., loud explosions cracked in the air and the boiler house fell away from the … Continue reading

Dore Develops Unique Demolition Protection Method


DES MOINES, IOWA – Industrial balloons normally used to float sunken ships have been inflated along one wall of the scorched former Younkers building to keep it from collapsing onto an adjacent parking garage. The challenge of removing the century-old building in a dense downtown area is forcing demolition crews to work slowly and to use techniques perhaps never tried … Continue reading

Lake Tradinghouse Power Plant Implosion – VIDEO


MCLENNAN COUNTY, TEXAS – Residents of eastern McLennan County were jarred by an explosion Friday morning as a demolition crew used explosives to implode the second unit of the old Tradinghouse Creek Power Plant east of Waco. The unit was imploded at around 8:30 a.m. Friday as dozens watched, some of whom were former plant employees. “You’ve seen it constructed, … Continue reading

Appalachian State residence hall demolished in 15 seconds


BOONE, N.C. — Residents of downtown Boone heard a series of explosions on Sunday morning as Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC imploded Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University. Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students. Because the cost to renovate Winkler Hall proved to be impractical, the building is being razed, the school said. As a safety … Continue reading

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

Demolition Accident

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

Demolition Of UT’s Stokely Athletics Center And Gibbs Hall On Schedule


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – Amid the ceremonies and playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” for graduating students this week at the University of Tennessee, some “sounds of demolition” could be heard on the campus for buildings moving on as well. Primarily, giant shovels could be spotted Thursday tearing down the old Stokely Athletics Center off Volunteer Boulevard and the former Sophronia Strong … Continue reading

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