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2013-08-03 11:44:57 PM
Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.
 
2013-08-03 11:57:24 PM
I saw a video of a similar mishap in Australia where they didn't understand that you put the explosives on the outside of the structure and shoot the debris inside while the gases go all over harmlessly. They put the explosives inside and shot conrete chunks everywhere including a park pond that people were canoeing and the wave knocked over a canoe. A person or two were killed as well by flying chunks.
 
2013-08-04 12:04:10 AM

ultraholland: Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.


hmmm, I don't trust your warning and it being on youtube. We all know youtube pulls "not for the faint of heart" videos.
 
2013-08-04 12:19:34 AM

pedobearapproved: ultraholland: Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.

hmmm, I don't trust your warning and it being on youtube. We all know youtube pulls "not for the faint of heart" videos.


I guess you're gonna give him up and let him down, then.
 
2013-08-04 12:26:25 AM

ultraholland: Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.


The 30-second advertisement at the beginning sorta takes all the steam out of the rickroll.
 
2013-08-04 12:41:07 AM

vicejay: They roped the media types like us in a bit to close.


You being a media type and all, is it safe to assume this is just a typo, and you really do know the difference between two, too, and to?
 
2013-08-04 12:42:50 AM
Rootus:

The 30-second advertisement at the beginning sorta takes all the steam out of the rickroll.

There are ads on Youtube? You must have malware or something wrong with your browser ( like a missing plugin...)
 
2013-08-04 12:45:20 AM

vodka: It's obvious by watching the video that these buildings had a huge amount of steel structure.  One wonders why they were even trying to drop them this way.


No, no one wonders.
 
2013-08-04 12:46:18 AM

chrylis: AteMyBrain: Why didn't they just burn some jet fuel inside it for a couple of hours? Sumbiatch would have come down straight as an arrow.

They still would have needed thermite.


No, because everybody knows jet fuel burns hot enough to melt steel. Duh.
 
2013-08-04 12:50:21 AM
lh3.ggpht.com
/tis nothing but a fleshwound.
 
2013-08-04 01:03:59 AM

bojon: stirfrybry: spectators gonna spectate

That's just speculating.


Spectacular!
 
2013-08-04 01:12:30 AM

hammettman: How bad is it in Bakersfield that watching old shiat fall down is a spectator sport?

/nevermind


Oh come on, watching stuff blow up is always fun.

There were police in the parking lot where the injuries happened - I myself would have totally assumed that that would have meant it was a safe spot, since cops are so personal-injury-averse.
 
2013-08-04 01:21:54 AM

evilbryan: Rootus:

The 30-second advertisement at the beginning sorta takes all the steam out of the rickroll.

There are ads on Youtube? You must have malware or something wrong with your browser ( like a missing plugin...)


Yeah, my bad. The only thing I saw when I opened the video was Rick's jovial visage. Sorry for the disappointment.
 
2013-08-04 01:22:01 AM
If you watch the video the stupid buildings which are like steel boxes just fall over on their sides. its not like its going to be any easier to scrap them now than before the explosion.
 
2013-08-04 01:29:43 AM
Damn thing woke me up this morning. Woke up to b-b-b-b-boom-BOOOOOM!!!! I thought WW3 started, but then remembered they planned to blow up that plant at 6am.
 
2013-08-04 01:41:30 AM
Bakersfield making Fresno look good since forever
 
2013-08-04 01:47:35 AM

ultraholland: Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.


Are you farking kidding me
 
2013-08-04 01:53:12 AM

ultraholland: Here's a new video that was uploaded by a spectator

http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

WARNING: not for the faint of heart.


Woah, is it 2009 again?
 
2013-08-04 02:10:29 AM
LaughingRadish:

See http://goo.gl/maps/s9L2o.  The parking lot is a considerable distance from the power plant building.  The chunk of metal had to travel northeast across six lanes of traffic, over a canal, to even get to the lot.  Does anyone know where in the lot the spectator was standing?

About 1500 feet to the parking lot, but I noticed there's a parking lot under 500 feet away right across the street.  I'm guessing some rednecks though that was a great place to take it in.
 
2013-08-04 02:14:24 AM
A California man looses 1 and a half of his legs.

This sounds like the opening to the "Six Million Dollar Man".
 
2013-08-04 02:59:24 AM

Mitch Mitchell: A California man looses 1 and a half of his legs.

This sounds like the opening to the "Six Million Dollar Man".


We can rebuild him!

Or, well, maybe not.
 
2013-08-04 03:25:50 AM

Mitch Mitchell: A California man looses 1 and a half of his legs.

This sounds like the opening to the "Six Million Dollar Man".


Meanwhile, a whole internet loses the ability to spell.

/pet peeve
 
2013-08-04 04:38:44 AM
I'm Slate Sanchez, and I'm about to be... the news.
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2013-08-04 05:02:11 AM
I was working overnight at a TV station in town.  Usually the only one in the building all night, so was wondering why people started showing up early this morning.

Sadly there seemed to be a lot of interest in seeing this thing blow up all week, lots of people talking about it, so was good they had it so early to avoid larger crowds.
 
2013-08-04 06:01:14 AM

AteMyBrain: Why didn't they just burn some jet fuel inside it for a couple of hours? Sumbiatch would have come down straight as an arrow.


Oh geez, don't even start. Half the comments on TFA are about WTC building 7. The stupid burns, I don't know what anyone hopes to accomplish at this point by hounding every page about it.
 
2013-08-04 06:50:05 AM

astouffer: namatad: NEWS FLASH: standing too close to exploding things is dangerous
details at 11

It said they were standing in the so called designated safe area. Someone is going to own part of that demolition company now.


Yeah, no part of that company is safe now.
 
2013-08-04 09:01:01 AM
Is it just me, or do those blasts look pretty uncontained (what with the sparks, and fire, and chunks of crap flying out). Does anyone know what (if any) the best practices are on how you're supposed shield/sandbag/whatever motherf*cking explosions at ground level. I realize that shaped charges involve jets of superheated copper traveling at many times the speed of sound and the whole point of them is that they're very hard to stop, but there must be some safety regs too.

Considering the number of people in the "safe" zone that got hit with sh*t, seems like someone somewhere wasn't doing their job, and that "it's an explosion LO!L what do you expect?" is a pretty lousy response to this.
 
2013-08-04 09:17:19 AM
I'm guessing from the distinct lack of big advertising banners on the buildings being demo'd that this work was being done by the city or the building owners themselves. That would certainly explain why it appears that most of the normal prep work (debris containment measures, etc.) was not done.
 
2013-08-04 09:36:21 AM
Why do reporters insist on calling demolitions "implosions"? Unless the demo company has discovered a way to generate a small, short lived black hole at the center of the demo site, they are still using EXPLOSIVES. Which, as per their name, EXPLODE.
 
2013-08-04 10:10:18 AM

poorjon: Is it just me, or do those blasts look pretty uncontained (what with the sparks, and fire, and chunks of crap flying out). Does anyone know what (if any) the best practices are on how you're supposed shield/sandbag/whatever motherf*cking explosions at ground level. I realize that shaped charges involve jets of superheated copper traveling at many times the speed of sound and the whole point of them is that they're very hard to stop, but there must be some safety regs too.


The jet of superheated copper isn't a threat.  It's plasma, it will quickly dissipate.  It's the other side of the charge that's the real threat--it's blown off at very high speed but it's still solid.

Kyosuke: I'm guessing from the distinct lack of big advertising banners on the buildings being demo'd that this work was being done by the city or the building owners themselves. That would certainly explain why it appears that most of the normal prep work (debris containment measures, etc.) was not done.


Agreed.  Amateurs.  Blowing down a building isn't that hard, the reason you need the pros is to ensure it falls where you want it to and doesn't throw crap everywhere in the process.

LoneVVolf: Why do reporters insist on calling demolitions "implosions"? Unless the demo company has discovered a way to generate a small, short lived black hole at the center of the demo site, they are still using EXPLOSIVES. Which, as per their name, EXPLODE.


In most cases the objective is to make the building fall in on itself--an implosion.  They usually blow out enough supports that gravity brings it down.  Watch what happens when the pros do it--in most cases it's almost like there was a black hole in the center sucking it in.
 
2013-08-04 10:14:50 AM
LoneVVolf: Why do reporters insist on calling demolitions "implosions"?

If reporters were intelligent enough to understand basic science (or the definition of words) they wouldn't have become journalists.
 
2013-08-04 10:37:48 AM

hammettman: How bad is it in Bakersfield that watching old shiat fall down is a spectator sport?

/nevermind


Yeah, who would ever make a spectator event out of something like that?

worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com

Dumbass
 
2013-08-04 12:03:41 PM

TwowheelinTim: vicejay: They roped the media types like us in a bit to close.

You being a media type and all, is it safe to assume this is just a typo, and you really do know the difference between two, too, and to?


Yes, it's a typo
 
2013-08-04 12:50:14 PM

LoneVVolf: Why do reporters insist on calling demolitions "implosions"?


Because when the job is done correctly the building falls in upon itself, rather than scattering debris outward.
 
2013-08-04 01:38:03 PM

Kyosuke: I'm guessing from the distinct lack of big advertising banners on the buildings being demo'd that this work was being done by the city or the building owners themselves. That would certainly explain why it appears that most of the normal prep work (debris containment measures, etc.) was not done.


nope, it was contracted out to the acknowledged experts in the field... unControlled Demolition, Inc
 
2013-08-04 01:50:18 PM
Controlled Demolition has a 10 minute video of how this shiat is supposed to be done on youtube http://youtu.be/-TARNVwF7Yg which is worth watching.

It's especially obvious in the bridge demolition videos that there's still plenty of shrapnel being tossed about by the demolition, even when the demolitionists (?) are competent.
 
2013-08-04 03:27:00 PM

WxGuy1: LaughingRadish: Here's another video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151793167304935

Whoa. Was the thing that hit the fence one of the objects that injured people (i.e. was this taken where the injuries were)? You can hear an "Oh my God!" at the end of the video, but that may just be out of shock that something rocketed into the fence.


The video was taken by a friend of a friend.  I presume there were multiple flying objects because more than a couple people got hurt.
 
2013-08-05 02:06:14 AM

nobiology2424: I was working overnight at a TV station in town.  Usually the only one in the building all night, so was wondering why people started showing up early this morning.

Sadly there seemed to be a lot of interest in seeing this thing blow up all week, lots of people talking about it, so was good they had it so early to avoid larger crowds.


Yeah but *I* didn't know about it! That shiat was incredibly loud and it scared the crap out of a lot of people...
 
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