The Pontiac Silverdome in southern Michigan was scheduled for demolition at 8:30 A.M. today, but it didn't go quite as planned. As you can see in the video, a ring of charges went off around the upper ring of the stadium. They were meant to bring down the highest levels of the structure so that demolition and clean-up could be completed more easily.
Instead, the explosions end with an anti-climactic pop, and the former home of the Detroit Lions is left stubbornly standing.
Authorities say there was a wiring issue that caused some of the charges not to detonate. The Silverdome will be left standing for at least one more day.
The Silverdome was constructed in 1975. It was the home of the Detroit Lions until 2001, when the team moved to Ford Field. Long-time fans and commentators are viewing the stadium's failed demolition as a metaphor for their team and their city — for better or for worse.
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 (@TerryFoster971) December 3, 2017
My god. They tried to implode the Pontiac Silverdome just now. They explosions went off, and the old girl just stood there, smiled, and said, “Really?” #silverdome— Josh Mackey (@JMackey1981) December 3, 2017
Hell naw, you can’t bring me down. Y’all garbage.— Pontiac Silverdome (@SilverDomeP) December 3, 2017