10 Demolitions That Gone Terribly Wrong

demolitions that went wrong

Demolition is the tearing down of buildings and other man-made structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for re-use purposes.

For small buildings, such as houses, that are only two or three stories high, demolition is a rather simple process. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers.

Larger buildings may require the use of a wrecking ball, a heavy weight on a cable that is swung by a crane into the side of the buildings. Wrecking balls are especially effective against masonry, but are less easily controlled and often less efficient than other methods.

Newer methods may use rotational hydraulic shears and silenced rock-breakers attached to excavators to cut or break through wood, steel, and concrete. The use of shears is especially common when flame cutting would be dangerous.

The tallest planned demolition of a building was the 47-story Singer Building in New York City, which was built in 1908 and torn down in 1967–1968 to be replaced by One Liberty Plaza.

Here are 10 demolitions that went wrong

1Springfield Power Station, Idaho, USA

2Avondale Mills Smokestack, Pell City, Alabama

3Silo Demolition Using Hammer


4Giant Building Implosion In Australia

5Controlled Explosion Fail in Dalhousie

6Diagonal View of Building Demolition

7Building Demolition in Bakersfield

8Baltimore Laundry Mutt Demolition

9Parking Garage Demolition Gone Wrong

10Philipsbuilding VH in Eindhoven


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