Spectators in Kentucky, USA gathered on Wednesday morning to watch the successful demolition of a bridge that stood over a lake for over eight decades. An explosion sent the suspended structure collapsing to the bottom of the lake in a quick few seconds, making for a thrilling watch for people who gathered to view the demolition from a safe distance. Road and boat traffic was briefly halted as authorities prepared to bring down the old structure.
The 86-year-old Lake Barkley bridge opened in 1932 and had been in use as a toll bridge, according to local media. A new bridge not far from the old structure was opened in February and is already in use, reported the BBC.
Ahead of the demolition, authorities created a clear zone of 1,500 feet around the bridge. People on boats and kayaks too watched the controlled explosion from far away in the water. The adjoining new bridge was also closed for two hours ahead of the controlled blast. After the explosion, crews were given only 24 hours to clean up the metal.