Explosion fails to demolish disused silo

ninemsn staff
5:18am May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013: Footage of a silo west of Brisbane being demolished has been picked up round the globe after not everything went to plan.

The aim was to detonate a disused silo west of Brisbane, but the 50-year-old structure wasn't going down easily.

A demolition crew set 100kg of explosives inside the silo, which used to store malt for brewing beer, at Redbank, Ipswich.

But yesterday's crowd was left a bit bewildered when the controlled explosion failed to fell the structure, which merely tilted to one side.

"There's always that chance that it does hold up like it did," Troy McCracken from Southern Cross Demolition told Nine News, "so there's a fine line between too much and not enough [explosives]."

For 40 minutes the demolition crew went to work with backhoes to give the silo an extra nudge to send it crashing to the ground.

Footage of the structure hanging on after the explosion became fodder for droll news commentary around the world, from the BBC to viral video sites like msn NOW, which featured the footage under the headline, "Watch this building casually mock an attempt to demolish it".

The 4000 tonnes of rubble that remains at the site will be cleared in next few weeks, before the site is returned to Queensland Rail.

Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain

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