On the Second Try, the Silverdome Implosion Succeeds

The old home of the Detroit Lions comes tumbling down a day after a botched implosion that left it standing.

Update: If at first you don't succeed, set off the explosives again.

Adamo Group demolition company took another crack at the Silverdome on Monday night, and this time the old stadium in spectacular fashion.

After a partial implosion of the failed to bring down the upper section of the Detroit ' former home, crews tried again today.


Dec. 4: This weekend, engineers staged an implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome, the long-defunct former home of the NFL's Detroit Lions. Well, nobody bothered to tell the Silverdome it was supposed to fall down.

You can see explosives detonate in a ring around the dome, to no avail. The old stadium just stands there in defiance of those who would bring about its demise.

IMPLOSION FAIL: Pontiac Silverdome demolition begins with failed partial implosion

— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News)

Planned demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome's upper ring (apparently) unsuccessful as charges go off but the metal beams do not come down. Details

— Jon Hewett (@JonHewettWWJ)

Authorities are now saying there was a wiring issue during the implosion. As a result, charges on eight main columns did not go off as planned, leaving the Silverdome upright.

What now? Well, bombing the dome certainly weakened the structure, and it may yet fall down on its own, but who knows when. Adamo Group demolition company, the company in charge, must decide whether and how to detonate the remaining explosives or to simply finish the job with excavators.

Somewhere an architect is smiling. If only the Detroit Lions were so resolute and unbreakable.

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