A funny thing happened when, early Sunday morning, engineers and explosives experts tried to bring down the old Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan with carefully planned explosions. In a giant raspberry directed at the experts, the place refused to budge. Although construction crews said the implosion did break off steel beams, the stadium was still standing when the dust cleared.
That’s because, officials told Detroit’s WXYZ, the Silverdome was “built a little too well.”
So the next step is to just chill for a while. Maybe have some doughnuts while we wait.
Although the TV station quoted officials saying they would just let gravity do its job, Rick Cuppetilli, executive vice president with the demolition company Adamo, said 10 percent of the explosive charges in eight key locations failed to go off because of a wiring issue.
“Unless we find something in the next few hours researching the wiring, we will take it down mechanically,” Rick Cuppetilli told the Free Press. “We haven’t found the wire yet. It’s going to take us a while to research it all.”
The plan is to use excavators this week to take down the structure. Unless gravity does its thing, of course.
In the meantime, everybody had jokes:
Guess the Silverdome went through one too many implosions in its history.
— Freep Sports (@freepsports) December 3, 2017
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) December 3, 2017
Watching the Lions Implode the Pontiac Silverdome, and it didn't even work! It was a dud, just like many of the Lions performances there.
— Joel H (@buzzlightyer2) December 3, 2017
Once again angry people leave the Silverdome after a disappointing ending pic.twitter.com/6zvEXU8lGz
— Drew & Mike Podcast (@DrewMikePodcast) December 3, 2017
Greatest thing ever right now. The Silverdome won't go down. The way we do things around here, I can't wait for the Palace implosion in 2037.
— Matt Dery (@DerySpeaks) December 3, 2017
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