93-Year Old Bridge Set For Demolition Gets Exploded, Refuses To Fall

October 12, 2016


Note: Explosion at 0:08, keep your speakers in check.

This is a video of the Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas during an attempted demolition by explosives after it was deemed "structurally deficient." It doesn't fall, and took five hours of pulling with cables to finally drop, leading at least one blogger to speculate why the demolition company used fireworks. And if they actually did use proper explosives and it didn't fall, was it really "structurally deficient" to begin with? Because now I'm wondering if building a new bridge wasn't just a scam to swindle the public's tax dollars and line the pockets of government officials and contractors. Am I making too much sense? I am the voice of reason after all. Just kidding, I'm the voice of my penis. Take these hair ties off me!

Keep going for the anticlimactic video.

Thanks to KJ, who agrees that demolition company should have their wrecking shit license revoked.

  • asdfadfs

    did somebody put up shape charges backwards/insideout?

  • asdfadfs

    even if it was deficient it was still a scam.

    like when they resurface the road, get the lines all neat and painted....and 3 days later the sewerlines have guys digging it up with jackhammers to do their scheduled pipe servacing or whatever. and then the roadcrews come back, halfass a shitty patch thats worse than the original road was and call it a day.every single time

  • Munihausen

    "everybody here is here for nothing?"

    No, you fckng idiot.

  • MustacheHam

    After this, they're going to want to see the blueprints of this bridge.
    Perhaps for future projects. :D

  • GeneralDisorder

    Or perhaps... and I'm just spitballing here... fire the pyrotechnician who failed to put enough yield into each shape charge. Or fine the engineer whose job it was to determine the charges.

    Critically weakening a structure like this that was supposed to be demolished is bad news. You can't let boats under it in case it drops. You can't let anyone onto the structure in case it drops. You have to tediously test things and see if you can even rig it up for a second blast without killing someone.

    On a related note I sort of want to work in pyrotechnics or demolition. But I sure as shit wouldn't want to be responsible this level of mistake.

  • nikademus

    If you watch you see it shift after the explosion, i bet a barge/tug could just pull it over

  • Dimitris

    They don't make'em like they used to

  • Beard

    ...all those Arkansas-twanged "Uh-Ohhhyuo"'s.

  • roehlstation

    Should have used Galaxy Note 7s

  • MustacheHam

    Haha! You're terrible.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Engineering at its finest!

  • Ryoku

    i think it should just go to show that sometimes even made-in-america products that are defective or worn out are still good enough to refuse to break. like slamming a nokia phone into a tile floor- you'd probibly check to see if you busted a tile rather than if you'd damaged the phone.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Example: GM L-body cars... You can't kill a Corsica without a firearm. You can make it not pass inspection but those engines won't stop.


    nokia is a finnish company and most phones are def not made in america

  • Ryoku

    well its a bit harder to make that point with a cast iron lath made in the early 19th century isn't it? =P fair point though

  • Jai Mico

    That is a well made bridge!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Those were poorly chosen shape-charges.

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