Metrodome partially destroyed with “controlled explosives” (video)


Part of the Metrodome is destroyed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. Crews are planning to use controlled explosive charges as they continue to demolish the roof structure of the Metrodome. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/The Star Tribune, via AP)

The former home of the Minnesota Vikings – the Metrodome – was partially destroyed with “controlled explosives” on Sunday morning.

Demolition workers set off the blast at 7:30 a.m., using 84 charges of dynamite in demolishing the upper ring of the stadium, according to a statement from the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA).

“Mission accomplished,” said John Wood, Senior Vice President of Mortenson Construction in a statement. “The ring beam is on the ground just as planned. The event was safe, no one was hurt and there was no property damage.”

The decision to use explosives was made after a section of the ring beam came down out of sequence last Monday.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened in 1982 and was the host to various teams in addition to the Vikings, including the Minnesota Twins (1982 to 2009), Minnesota Timberwolves (1989 to 1990) and the University of Minnesota football (1982 to 2008) and baseball (1985 to 2013) teams.

The Vikings will play the next two seasons at the University of Minnesota before a new $1 billion stadium opens in July 2016.

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