MUST-WATCH VIDEO: 6 times buildings have been imploded in southwest Ohio 


The Ohio Department of Transportation’s attempts to bring down a half-century-old southbound steel truss section of the of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in April 2017 was the latest are example of a large-scale implosion.

Here are six other times explosives have been used to bring down area structures:

Rike’s Building, downtown Dayton, Nov. 14, 1999 

First came a 20-second string of explosions then a mushrooming cloud of dust floating across downtown when Rike’s Department Store came down. 

The store — actually multiple buildings at Second and Main streets and the heart of down Dayton during the 1950s and 1960s — was brought down by 1,500 pounds of explosives. 

More than 200 loyal customers and former employees had gathered to blow a bittersweet kiss at the building before the implosion. The building came down to make way for the Schuster Performing Arts Center. 

» PHOTOS: Rike's Building imploded to make way for Schuster Center  

Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Dec. 29, 2002 

The former Riverfront Stadium went down in smoke and dust in 37 seconds. The Cincinnati Reds moved to the stadium partway through the 1970 season and made the World Series that year, and in four other years there, before it was brought down 32 years later. 

The Cincinnati Bengals also played home games in the venue from 1970-99, earning a trip to the Super Bowl in 1988. 

Nearly 2,000 pounds of explosives with a 60 percent nitroglycerin mix brought down the landmark on the banks of the Ohio River.

Mad River Power Plant smokestack, Springfield, Nov. 10, 2010 

A nearly 300-foot smokestack brought down by explosives at an old Ohio Edison power plant in Springfield toppled in the wrong direction and sent spectators scrambling before knocking down two 12,000-volt power lines and crashing onto a building housing backup generators. 

No injuries were reported after the 275-foot tower at the unused 83-year-old Mad River Power Plant teetered and then fell in a southeast direction — instead of east, as originally planned — seconds after explosives were detonated. 

The mishap knocked out power to about 4,000 customers and resulted in lawsuit between the power company and demolition contractor. 

» RELATED: Agreement reached in smokestack demolition suit 

Schwind Building, downtown Dayton, Aug. 17, 2013 

As charges set off 50 pounds of dynamite, the 12-story building at 27 S. Ludlow St. shuddered, twisted, and collapsed nearly straight down. The plan at the time was to make way for a student housing project that has yet to materialize. 

Built in 1913, the building was best known as home to the Moraine Embassy restaurant, a tavern that was long a favorite of public officials, downtown workers and newspaper employees who worked at the Dayton Daily News when the paper was located next door. 

» PHOTOS: From the archives: Implosion of Schwind Building in Dayton 

» RELATED: Blasts drop Schwind Building in cloud of dust 

Jeremiah Morrow Bridge (section of old northbound lanes), Warren County, May 11, 2014 

A northbound section of the bridge over the Little Miami River was brought down for the I-71 bridge replacement project. 

State Rep. Ron Maag (R-Harlan Twp.) participated by pushing the button to set off the ordnances. The demolition appeared to go as planned, according to video of the event provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation. 

Half of the new structure was completed and opened to traffic on the northbound side in November 2013. 

» RELATED: Part of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge blown up 

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Champion Paper Mill smokestack, Hamilton, June 24, 2014 

In about 20 seconds, between 150 and 200 pounds of explosives brought down a 180-foot high boiler house and a 220-foot smokestack that had stood for 100 years. 

More than 1,000 Hamilton and Butler County residents watched with mixed emotions as explosions cracked the air and the boiler house fell away from the smokestack, seconds before the stack crumpled in two and toppled.

The Champion Paper Plant was founded as a coating mill in 1894 by Peter G. Thomson, originally buying paper from other Hamilton mills, according to a 1985 Journal-News article. 

» RELATED: Hamilton paper mill’s iconic smokestack demolished 


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