Second blast in Old Ledbetter Bridge demolition

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LEDBETTER, KENTUCKY – Another piece of the old Ledbetter Bridge came tumbling down as hundreds witnessed the end of an era.

“I’ve always been a big fan of explosions, and I’m a big fan of things getting destroyed so it’s the best of both worlds,” said Kevin Rude.

As crews successfully detonated a second portion of the Old Ledbetter Bridge, some like Kevin Rude were happy to see it go.

“It was only a matter of time before someone really got hurt going across that bridge,” Rude said.

While others like the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Keith Todd took a trip down memory lane.

“Back when it was built in the 1930’s it was an absolute engineering marvel,” Todd said. “I know we look at it today, and we say its old and it’s time for it to go, but it is kind of sad to see it go because it has served us well.”

With two sides down and one to go the crowds plan to return for a grand finale.

“It’s a site to see I will say that for it,” said Russell Earls. “It’s quite a deal I’m waiting for the next time. I will be down here then if the lord’s willing.”

The current plan is to implode the remaining section of the bridge October 1 if the weather cooperates.

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