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Your Morning Wake-Up Call is an 80-Year-old Bridge Implosion: VIDEO


Because there's nothing quite like a bridge demolition to get your heart pumping in the morning, here's what happened yesterday in Marble Falls, Texas, a town approximately 45 miles northwest of Austin.

The 80-year-old US 281 bridge over the Colorado River was imploded in a controlled explosion lasting a split second in front of a group of enthusiastic spectators. The blast cut fiber optic cables, cutting off telephone and communications services to a wide area.

This was not a SXSW-sanctioned event.


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  1. Neither that bridge nor any of the similar events involving hotels and office buildings involved an implosion. They were all explosions.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 18, 2013 9:02:59 AM

  2. Americans sure do love them some explosions and destruction!!

    Posted by: Reginald | Mar 18, 2013 9:45:43 AM

  3. After they blew up that hotel in Las Vegas on New Years Eve several years ago, I thought it would be a terrific idea if they were to do one every New Years. They could sell bragging rights to Muslim groups.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 18, 2013 9:50:48 AM

  4. If this was a planned event, why did it involve cutting off telephone and communication services to a wide area? Wouldn't someone have thought of those things before blowing up the bridge? I'd be super pissed if I lived or worked in the area and suddenly my phone or internet was down because of this.

    Posted by: Jere | Mar 18, 2013 10:25:16 AM

  5. Very funny David.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 18, 2013 10:26:18 AM

  6. @Reginald: you are sure right about that! I even have a site that collects tapings etc. of them, which I dearly love.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Mar 18, 2013 10:27:00 AM

  7. Probably half of them missed it it was so fast.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 18, 2013 11:20:54 AM

  8. Keep hitting the #6 button when u watch. Instant auto loop explosions are man's best friend.

    Posted by: tim | Mar 18, 2013 3:20:57 PM

  9. This is the only glimpse of Andy you get on here. He loves stories about space and nature too.

    Posted by: GB | Mar 18, 2013 4:25:12 PM

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