Update: The demo team took another swing at it Monday afternoon and it worked!
WDIV also captured the action and aftermath.
This article has been updated with the most recent information.
A bus couldn’t block the spectacle of the failed implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome on Sunday. Many gathered on a cold Sunday morning to watch the old stadium say its biggest farewell, only to be met with, well, a let down.
The Silverdome still stood like normal after the smoke cleared, opening the door for joke after joke about implosions and Lions football (the Lions as a team imploded later in the day in Baltimore, losing 44-20). A statement from the City of Pontiac says that, “Although we’re waiting for a final assessment from the Adamo Group, we have been informed by them that eight shape charges didn’t go off on the main columns. Only the kicker charges detonated causing the implosion not to be completed as planned.”
Adamo Group has suggested that a wire was cut at some point, leading to the lack of explosion/implosion.
The entire demo and clearing of the land could take nine months to a year. We may not have the Silverdome anymore, but we still have videos of the disappointing implosion. We appreciate the soundtrack to this Detroiturbex video.
The failed implosion has also sparked a number of fake Facebook events to help the demo along, including Everyone Bring A Fan And Aim It Towards The Silverdome, Throw Rocks at The Pontiac Silverdome until it collapses, Pray the Silverdome Away. Nice ingenuity, friends.