THE MYTH OF 'IMPLOSION'
Over the past several decades, the word 'implosion'
has been used to describe almost every type of explosive demolition
project. Whether due to convenience, or to the absence of any
word that accurately describes this type of activity, 'building
implosion' has been the title given to thousands of projects
DID YOU KNOW that only a small percentage of explosive
demolition jobs are true 'building implosions'?
Webster’s Dictionary defines implosion as "a violent collapse
inward". In the demolition industry, a blaster is usually trying
to pull a structure away from adjacent exposures and
towards an area large enough to contain the debris. Therefore,
the only time a building is truly 'imploded' is when exposures
(other structures or areas of concern) completely surround it.
When this situation exists, the blaster has no choice; he must
make the building collapse in on itself. This is by far the
trickiest type of explosive demolition project, and there are
only a handful of blasting companies in the world that possess
enough experience—and insurance—to perform these true building