Pontiac Silverdome implosion off to a Lions-like start with failed detonation


On Sunday morning the Detroit Lions' old stomping grounds, the rotting Pontiac Silverdome, was scheduled to be imploded.

But appropriate for the former home the Lions, the implosion did not exactly go well — with the structure still standing after a series of implosions went off and the dust cleared.

According to a press release, the implosion was always intended to be partial, with the goal of breaking the metal beams used to keep the roof inflated along the perimeter of the stadium. "The remaining demolition will be conducted in phases over the next year by using hydraulic excavators, which involves pressure processes used to break up materials, followed by a vacuuming process to pick up pieces," the release said.

After the detonations the demolition crew said the Silverdome was "built a little too well," and that they "just have to wait and let gravity do its job."
However, according to the Free Press, the demolition crew acknowledged that some of the explosives failed to detonate. Now the crew must wait for the weakened building to fall or begin to dismantle it.

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