Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Pontiac Silverdome implosion fails after initial blast

Pontiac Silverdome implosion fails after initial blast

Despite over 300 pounds of explosives, the Pontiac Silverdome is still standing after a planned implosion failed to bring down the defunct stadium.

- Sunday was supposed to be the end of era in Metro Detroit as the Silverdome demolition gets underway but the old building isn't budging.

On Sunday morning, a demolition crew attempted to implode the Silverdome with a number of controlled explosions. Onlookers could have told them the same thing.

Unfortunately, conducting the demolition becomes considerably more hard with the structure weakened making setting additional charges extremely risky. However, construction crews said the implosion did work. They said it could take hours or even days for the old building to give up.

Explosives were placed on each of the steel beams that support the Silverdome's upper ring.

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The plan is to use excavators this week to take down the structure.

A total of 1,800 tons of rebar and 1,700 tons of structural steel will be recycled at the city's Ferrous Processing plant.

The 82,000-plus stadium was the home for the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 2001 and also was home for the Detroit Pistons from 1978-1988.

For years the Pontiac Silverdome has been one of America's most famous ruins, a shadow of the arena that once hosted the Pope, a Super Bowl and the World Cup.

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