The demolition of the Silverdome was meant to completely tear down the structure. The crew had placed explosive charges at specific points in the dated stadium. The force was supposed to bring the entire place down. However, while the demolition took place and the explosives were set off, the structure stayed hilariously intact.
The blast was intended to level the concrete and steel structure, and in doing so, transform it into a massive pile of rubble that would make it easy for trucks to come in and pick up the mess left behind. What instead happened, was that the charges that were supposed to destroy the building didn’t do that and the building basically fell back in place.
Sadly, this happened in Detroit. A city that is working as hard as it can to change its reputation of urban decay. It’s unclear exactly why the building still stayed put together after the explosion. However, it’s likely that because the concrete is reinforced by a net of steel rebar, it kept it upright.
Those in charge of the demolition have commented that the steel beams were in fact cut. The structure is still scheduled to be taken apart, but it is unclear when that date will be. It definitely needs a lot more explosives to get the job done. Many people have commented on Twitter about the absurd stubbornness of the stadium. Twitter user Tom Corey (@TomRCorey) writes, “Fitting end for the #silverdome. Even the walls are afraid to cross the goal line.”
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