On Sunday morning, at 8:30 a.m., the first step of demolishing the Pontiac Silverdome was set to take place, and that’s exactly what happened…kind of.
— Jon Hewett (@JonHewettWWJ) December 3, 2017
— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKersteinSJSU) December 3, 2017
Though most in the surrounding areas of the Silverdome were able to hear an explosion that resembled a roar of thunder, reports are surfacing that though the attempt was a “success,” the former home of the Detroit Lions was “built a little too well.”
Construction crews said the implosion worked exactly as planned.
Crews placed explosives in steel beams, which did break off.
However, the Silverdome was “built a little too well,” officials say.
“We just have to wait and let gravity do its job,” officials say. “It’s going to collapse, we just don’t know when.
Via FOX 2:
The first the blast is supposed to break the metal beams supporting the upper ring of the dome, which is a 20-foot steel band that held up the equipment used to inflate the roof. Then, each vertical beam surrounding the Silverdome will be broken when a small charge detonates, causing the steel ring to fall to the ground.
Crews will use hydraulic excavators to take care of the rest of the structure in sections.
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 process is expected to take about a year to complete.
Not surprisingly, a plethora of trolls hopped on Twitter to take a shot at the Lions.
The Pontiac Silverdome did not implode this morning. I guess the building is not used to implosion on a Sunday until 1 pm.
— Terry Foster (@terryfosterdet) December 3, 2017
Watching the Lions Implode the Pontiac Silverdome, and it didn't even work! It was a dud, just like many of the Lions performances there.
— Iraq Lobster (@buzzlightyer2) December 3, 2017
— Joe Santos (@JoeSantos615) December 3, 2017
— Bruce Woehrle (@MrPesticide) December 3, 2017
Pontiac Silverdome demolition failed. Now my waffles are cold. Great, I'm getting disappointed twice by the Lions today…
— Joe Monge (@CardshowJoe) December 3, 2017
Pontiac Silverdome, letting fans down one last time.
— Joe Kastura (@kastjoe) December 3, 2017