Inspiration comes in many forms and from anywhere. Therefore you'll understand why I had to attend the Blanchette Bridge Implosion over the Missouri River in St. Charles, MO.
After being run off from my first location (the demolition crew told me I had to leave or I would die), I found a reasonable spot. I guess the biggest surprise was how long it took for the sound of the blast to carry. Intellectually, I know that light travels faster than the speed of sound, but this really demonstrated that.
Now, I can describe the sound of the blast, the billowing smoke of white, yellow, black and gray. I experienced how the concussion caused my chest to vibrate like a tuning fork. I can describe the acrid smell, the cheer of the crowd, and the cries of frightened children soothed by their parents.
I'm sure all this will end up somewhere in my writing and you'll know where it came from!
Enjoy the photos!
The "Before" Photo.
The Blanchette Bridge is 60 years old and in need of repairs. This project will require a year to complete.
The bridge on the left is the one that is being demolished.
Looking through the smoke, you can see parts of the span capsizing.
More pieces are flying out from the smoke clouds.
The smoke drifting to the Eastbound Bridge of Highway 70 over the Missouri River.
A job well-done. There's nothing left of the old span. Portions of the bridge will be recovered from the river and scrapped.
Construction of the new bridge begins soon after.