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How Building Implosions Work
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How Building Implosions Work

A wrecking ball just doesn't cut it when you need to bring down, say, a 20-story skyscraper. That's when you need a demolition crew to blast the building down — very carefully!

Implosion is a complicated engineering feat, but the concept is quite simple: carefully placed explosives and the force of gravity. Explore the precision needed to make a building fall in on itself.

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Demolition City

Demolition City

Do you have what it takes to safely bring down a building? You don't need a hard hat, but you just might need to write a hefty damage check if you get it wrong. Play now! More...

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Armor Games
Potential Energy

Potential Energy

A wrecking ball ready to swing and a bow ready to shoot possess different forms of potential energy. Get the details here. More...

Article
The Physics Classroom
Interview with Stacey Loizeaux

Interview with Stacey Loizeaux

This 26-year-old learned the fine art of demolition from her father and uncle — starting at age 15. Find out how she uses her skills to bring down structures, many times for movie film crews. More...

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WGBH/PBS
Explosive

Explosive

Every demolition starts with a bang! Examine the chemistry of explosives to find out the difference between demolition and blasting charges. More...

Article
Discovery
Cinema Explosif

Cinema Explosif

Watch as Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the Mayfair Hotel in Atlantic City, and 22 other landmarks are brought down in mere seconds by talented demolition crews. More...

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Implosionworld.com LLC
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Demolition Dynasty

Demolition Dynasty

Meet the Loizeaux family, the "First Family of Implosions." Together they've blown up more than 7,000 structures around the world — and hold an impressive number of Guinness World Records. More...

Video
National Geographic
Demolition Science

Demolition Science

When should a building be imploded? What can engineers learn from seeing demolitions go wrong. Get those answers and more. More...

Article
Northeastern University
Tricky Ways to Pull Down a Skyscraper

Tricky Ways to Pull Down a Skyscraper

How do you bring down a 40-story hotel in the middle of a city like Tokyo? A couple of floors at a time! Watch a new demolition technique in action.
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New York Times

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