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'Robot' Building Is Coming Down

Unused building in Russia is slated for demolition

(Newser) - A hulking, never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot's head that has loomed over the Russian city of Kaliningrad for decades is to be demolished next year, the region's governor says, per the AP . The 21-story House of Soviets was left unfinished when funding ran out in 1985... More »

$22M Mansion Is Set to Be Razed. City Says Good Riddance

Developer plans to demolish luxury Palm Beach residence formerly owned by Jeffrey Epstein

(Newser) - The waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., formerly owned by Jeffrey Epstein is currently under contract, but don't expect to see it for much longer once the developer who bought it officially gets the keys. CNN Business reports the $22 million, 14,000-square-foot home along the Intracoastal Waterway will... More »

'Leaning Tower of Dallas' Designer Explains Why It Won't Fall

Thomas Taylor is pretty amused, too

(Newser) - The designer of the "Leaning Tower of Dallas" has been taking a wry pride in the stubborn resistance the creation is presenting to explosives and the wrecking ball, the AP reports. Thomas Taylor is the principal design engineer for Dallas-based Datum Engineers, which designed the 49-year-old, 11-story Affiliated Computer... More »

'Leaning Tower' Still Won't Topple

Wrecking ball is 'still just ineffective,' witness says

(Newser) - The "Leaning Tower of Dallas," a social media sensation born when a part of a building survived implosion, endured hundreds of blows from a wrecking ball Monday. Dozens of people gathered northeast of the city's downtown to watch as a crane was used to batter the former... More »

Demo Company Makes Worst Possible Mistake

JR's Demolition tore down the wrong house

(Newser) - A Texas demolition company made a huge mistake Wednesday when it bulldozed the wrong house—and tore a hole in the heart of a neighborhood, the Advocate reports. JR's Demolition levelled the Dallas property without realizing the correct address was two blocks away. "All the windows were intact,... More »

UK Demolishes One of Its 'Ugliest Sights'

Deadly accident delayed power plant demolition

(Newser) - A British power station once voted one of the country's ugliest sights has been mostly destroyed in a controlled demolition. The cooling towers of the disused coal-fired plant in Didcot, 55 miles west of central London, were leveled early Sunday, the AP reports. The complex, including its massive towers... More »

Last Year It Collapsed. Watch What Happened to It Friday

Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, is taken down in planned explosion

(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... More »

This Is the Final Nail in the Coffin of Bethlehem Steel

Defunct company's old headquarters demolished, and some are happy to see it go

(Newser) - Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker's former headquarters. Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the Pennsylvania area's tallest building, a 21-story monolith that opened at the height of Bethlehem Steel'... More »

Cultural Center Crushed as Demolition Goes Wrong

Nearby silo toppled in the wrong direction

(Newser) - Demolition experts successfully destroyed a 173-foot silo in the town of Vordingborg, Denmark, on Friday. Unfortunately, they also wrecked the adjacent cultural center after the demolition went spectacularly wrong, the Guardian reports. In video of the botched demolition , onlookers can be heard shouting in alarm as the silo topples the... More »

Watch the Tallest Building in Kentucky's Capital Come Down

The 28-story Capital Plaza Tower is no more

(Newser) - The tallest building in Kentucky's capital city came crashing down in a controlled implosion on Sunday, reports the AP , delighting thousands of onlookers who quickly scurried away to avoid the dust cloud that billowed overhead. Sunday's demolition of the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort will make way... More »

One of Our Biggest Domed Stadiums Just Imploded

Georgia Dome is gone after a controlled destruction

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest domed stadiums has been destroyed in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were on hand to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens Monday at 7:30am, per the AP . People gathered at windows of tall office... More »

Artist Dismantles Rosa Parks' Old Home, Takes It Overseas

Ryan Mendoza on holding Detroit structure 'hostage' in Berlin: 'America ... it's going to cost you'

(Newser) - What do you do if the blighted home your famous aunt once lived in is on the demolition list and you can't raise the funds to preserve it? In the case of Rosa Parks' former house in Detroit, her niece donated it to artist Ryan Mendoza, who took it... More »

Mystery Package Found at Drug Lord's Old Mansion

Safe also stolen from Pablo Escobar's former property

(Newser) - A mysterious package has emerged from a pink Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The current owner, Chicken Kitchen founder Christian de Berdouare, bought the waterfront estate for $9.65 million in 2014 with the plan to tear down the old mansion, unaware of Escobar'... More »

Guy Leaves Town, Town Knocks His House Down

Returns from surgery to find officials had deemed it uninhabitable, demolished it

(Newser) - When a US Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. Philip Williams' home was demolished in the spring by Hempstead town officials while he spent about six months recuperating in Fort Lauderdale. Back in New York,... More »

Syria Intentionally Demolishing Neighborhoods

Regime claims it's just 'urban planning,' not retaliation

(Newser) - Syrian military forces have been systematically using bulldozers and controlled explosions to level entire neighborhoods in Damascus and Hama, in what appears to be an attempt to punish citizens for their rebel sympathies, Human Rights Watch alleges in a new report based on satellite images and witness testimony. The imagery... More »

Pulverizing of Sandy Hook School Begins

Closed from public, to be completed by shooting anniversary

(Newser) - It was a plan months in the making , but construction crews this week began the take-down of Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Rarely has a major tear-down been conducted in such a hushed manner," observes the Los Angeles Times . Passers-by will have no view of the work site, which... More »

Ariel Castro's House Demolished

Victim Michelle Knight hands out balloons before demolition

(Newser) - At Ariel Castro's expense , the house where he held his kidnap victims for more than 10 years was reduced to rubble today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Onlookers and media, assembled before dawn, saw kidnap victim Michelle Knight distribute balloons to neighbors before the demolition. The balloons were released,... More »

Ariel Castro Has to Pay $22K to Raze House

Cleveland home is being torn down tomorrow

(Newser) - The house where Ariel Castro kept his kidnap victims hostage for a decade is getting torn down tomorrow, and Castro himself has to foot the bill, reports NBC News . As part of his plea deal to avoid the death penalty, Castro must pay the bank $22,000 to cover the... More »

Man's Leg Severed in Power Plant Implosion

One of 5 spectators injured in planned demolition

(Newser) - Five spectators were injured today after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6am in a nearby parking lot to watch the planned implosion at the plant owned by... More »

Contractor Demolishes ... the Wrong House

Oops.

(Newser) - A demolition company has mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in North Texas—rather than the condemned building next-door. David Underwood and his wife placed their Fort Worth house on the market with the intention of moving into the retreat they purchased near the shores of Lake Worth. But when... More »

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