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December 3, 2017
Posted on December 3, 2017
Implosion putters out; Pontiac Silverdome still standing despite attempt to bring it down with explosives on Sunday morning
PONTIAC (CCN) — A scheduled implosion to demolish the Pontiac Silverdome didn't work Sunday morning, signalling open season on letting the jokes begin for fans of the Detroit Lions. Mike Killbreath immediately penned in his My AM Advantage Editor's Notebook column, "Hey, anybody who knows about the history of the Detroit Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome, knows full well that a late collapse is always imminent."
The Lions never won a Super Bowl championship during their days at the Silverdome. They moved there from their old Tiger Stadium home in 1975 and lost 336 NFL games until moving to Ford Field in Downtown Detroit after the 2001 season. They won only 80 games during their 27-year span under the air-inflated rooftop in Pontiac — only once in the playoffs when their 1991 season ended a week later in a 41-10 drubbing at Washington against the eventual Super Bowl champion Redskins.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the demolition was contracted with Detroit-based Adamo Group and quoted a company official as saying the detonation failed to bring down the Silverdome structure because "explosive charges failed to go off due to wiring issues in eight key locations."
Rick Cuppetilli, executive vice president at Adamo, told the Free Press shortly after the structure was still standing to the amazement of the big crowd that had gathered to watch history: "Unless we find something in the next few hours researching the wiring, we will take it down mechanically. We haven't found the wire yet. It's going to take us a while to research it all."
Cuppetilli told the Free Press that elevators will be used this week to take out the structure unless gravity causes it to fall on its own before then and added that he was unsure if a Friday night trespassing incident on the property may have had any connection to the wiring issue whether "accidentally or intentionally."
Cuppetilli told the Free Press: “We actually saw flashlights in there, security tried to converge, and they jumped the fence. They could have tripped over a wire when they were running away.”
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