That Awkward Moment When the Stadium Doesn’t Implode

Following the hype of the Georgia Dome implosion, there was a lot of anticipation for the Pontiac Silverdome, located outside of Detroit, to come down. The former home of the Lions and the Pistons was scheduled for demolition on Sunday, December 3rd, but things didn’t go as planned.

The plan was for a series of kicker charges to go off in a circular pattern around the stadium, followed by eight additional charges targeting the steel columns, which would lead to the stadium coming down. The kicker charges went off without a hitch, but the eight additional charges never went off, which led to the failed demolition attempt.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the failure, and faulty wiring was determined to be the likely cause. There was a trespassing incident the Friday night before the scheduled demolition, and investigators have speculated the trespassers or the security team that removed them, might have inadvertently separated necessary wiring. This investigation is still ongoing and no plans for a second demolition attempt have been announced.