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Second attempt at Silverdome implosion takes down upper bowl

Second attempt at Silverdome implosion takes down upper bowl

A plan to demolish a derelict National Football League stadium near Detroit went awry on Sunday when a deafening series of blasts failed to topple the Pontiac Silverdome, to the frustration of officials and the bemusement of a crowd gathered to watch the spectacle.

Waterman praised the camaraderie of those who had gathered to share their memories of the Silverdome.

Still, the mayor said, she wanted the stadium down.

An official at the Silverdome site told CNN affiliate WDIV the implosion did not go according to plan.

Crews placed explosives in steel beams, which did break off. "It's going to collapse, we just don't know when".

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However, the Silverdome was "built a little too well", officials say.

Another echoed that, calling the failed implosion "One last Silverdome fumble". "Even the walls are afraid to cross the goal line".

The implosion is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.

The Lions played at the suburban Detroit facility from 1975 through 2001.

During its time in operation the venue also hosted the NCAA Cherry Bowl (1984-85), WrestleMania III (1987) and a Led Zepplin rock concert (1977).