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Last Year It Collapsed. Watch What Happened to It Friday

Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, is taken down in planned explosion
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2019 7:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's been almost a year since the Morandi Bridge collapse in Italy that killed 43. What remained of the bridge is now no more. CNN reports that after roads were shut down and about 4,000 people were evacuated from the area in Genoa, demolition workers carried out a planned explosion on the structure's two main towers, bringing nearly 5,000 tons of concrete and steel crashing down. How long it took for the collapse, which can be seen in a YouTube video: a whole eight seconds, reports the BBC.

Water tanks kept up a constant spray during the explosion to keep dust from spreading. The demolition was delayed by about a half-hour after it was reported an elderly local wouldn't heed the evacuation order; it turned out he had indeed left, but in a sweep of homes, officials did find two other people watching TV, with no clue an evacuation order had been given. Residents will reportedly be let back into the area surrounding the bridge as soon as officials give the safety all-clear on Friday. A replacement bridge is in the works, though there's already some controversy: Contractors are promising it can be built within 12 months, which is raising eyebrows, per the New York Times. (Read more Italy stories.)

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