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VIDEO: Shrapnel from Calif. steam power plant implosion injures spectators

Posted By Wayne Grayson On August 7, 2013 @ 12:45 pm In Construction News | No Comments

Bakersfield power plant implosion shrapnel [1]Just as the recent and deadly demolition of a Philadelphia building showed us [2], keeping the chaos of a collapsing building constrained to a particular area requires a lot of focus and planning. And sometimes the focus and the planning just aren’t there.

Unfortunately, just a few days ago we received another reminder of this as several spectators of a steam power plant implosion in Bakersfield, California were injured by shrapnel flung form the collapsing structure.

The video below, posted to YouTube by The Bakersfield Californian [3] actually captures the shrapnel flying from the power plant. The shrapnel flew all the way into a Lowe’s parking lot where it injured three people including one man facing “one obvious amputation, possibly two.”

Two vehicles, including a Bakersfield Police Department cruiser, were also damaged by shrapnel from the blast. Watch the Californian‘s video below.




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[2] recent and deadly demolition of a Philadelphia building showed us: http://www.equipmentworld.com/demolition-of-philadelphia-building-under-investigation-after-collapse-atop-thrift-store-kills-6/

[3] The Bakersfield Californian: http://www.bakersfield.com/

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