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Unbuilding Highlights
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Meeting St. Stories
(Jul 10 2006)
East Bay Stories
(Oct 10 2006)
Drum Island Stories
(Feb 17)
Pearman Bridge Stories
(Apr 3)
Grace Bridge Stories
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Imposions: Prep and boom
(Mar 27)
Unbuilding Bridge Blog
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Unbuilding Challenges
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Learning Links
(Feb 20)
Unbuilding Stories
(Mar 13)
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(Feb 28)
New insights into controlled implosions - Mickey, Ken and their team
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October 05, 2005 12:31
Dropping a Pearman column just like dropping a tree - almost

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October 11, 2005 10:00
Dropping the Town Creek segment of the Pearman Bridge

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October 22, 2005 10:53
Preparing the Pearman piers for blasting

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November 15, 2005 10:03
Dropping the Drum Island cantilevered section of the Pearman

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November 30, 2005 6:30
Loading and sequencing D-25 with explosives

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November 30, 2005 15:53
Imploding Pearman Pier D-25

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December 06, 2005 10:01
Dropping the Town Creek Section of the Grace Bridge

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December 16, 2005 14:01
Dropping Pearman piers M1-M5 with style

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January 09, 2006 10:04
Early start, loading and imploding Pearman D-24

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January 11, 2006 15:01
Practice makes perfect: Dropping D-27 with remote ignition

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January 17, 2006 15:57
Mickey and his ABS team drop D-23 and top D-25

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January 18, 2006 13:36
Gone is T4 - the last Drum Island Pearman support

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January 22, 2006 11:45
Mickey Rogers and his ABS team

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January 24, 2006 15:05
Drilling the T4 base for explosive disassembly

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January 25, 2006 14:05
Adventures with Captain Bill's jackup barge and Mickey's drilling team

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January 26, 2006 15:00
Blasting the T-4 foundation, removing Grace's off ramp and ironworker acrobats

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January 28, 2006 8:26
The Mt. Pleasant pier foundation

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January 30, 2006 11:53
Blasting D-23 substructure

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February 02, 2006 7:34
A golden early morning and loading D-24

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February 02, 2006 11:35
Unbuilding the D-24 substructure

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February 07, 2006 14:01
Blasting the foundation of Pearman pier D-26

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February 14, 2006 10:00
Implosion of D-25 substructure

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February 15, 2006 10:00
Explosive fracture of the Grace Cantilever Truss

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February 16, 2006 15:00
ABS imploding the M5 Pearman substructure

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March 22, 2006 15:01
T-3 and Frank say bye bye

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April 04, 2006 14:00
D-27 Substructure. Mickey and his team do it again

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April 05, 2006 9:00
Demolition Dynamics: Dropping the east Pearman cantilever

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April 11, 2006 14:30
Planting explosives on the truss between P-11 and P-13

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April 12, 2006 9:59
Grace trusses between P-11 and P-13 down

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April 28, 2006 10:00
Bye bye Grace (Mt. Pleasant side)

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May 16, 2006 8:57
The Last Grace Blast and a tribute from the C-17s and F-15s

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May 23, 2006 8:40
Oscar and the team preparing for the last Pearman blast

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May 24, 2006 10:00
Bye bye to the last Pearman superstructure

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June 05, 2006 15:00
Blowing P-12

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June 05, 2006 16:10
Drilling the footing with a template - prep for P-11 blast

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June 07, 2006 12:57
Preparing to unbuild P-11: A template + drilling + skill

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June 16, 2006 14:57
Dropping C-1

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June 19, 2006 14:27
Mickey's famous disappearing act - P-7 foundation unbuilt

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June 23, 2006 12:56
C-3 takes the plunge

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June 30, 2006 13:15
See Mickey's new Copco

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June 30, 2006 14:25
Mickey, Ken, Sparky and team: Evaporating the C-4 base

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July 06, 2006 14:05
C-2 prep, Mickey and the Discovery Channel

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July 07, 2006 11:32
Final prep and sequencing of C-2

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July 07, 2006 12:58
Almost the last big blast - C-2, the Discovery Channel, Friends and Families

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July 08, 2006 12:13
Timmy cleaning up what Mickey left from yesterday: C-2 base

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July 12, 2006 14:55
P-10 says goodbye to Charleston

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July 14, 2006 14:50
C-1 base takes a dive

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July 26, 2006 7:26
ABS University, Prof. Rogers and the CHS Bomb Squad

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July 26, 2006 10:15
Final Examination for the CHS Bomb Squad

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August 22, 2006 11:29
Imploding the C-3 substructure - Mickey and Ken at their best

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October 30, 2006 15:56
Blasting Grace's foot prints

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January 11, 2007 16:43
Mickey, Ken and team loading T-1

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January 12, 2007 9:21
T-1 is no more: Mickey and Ken at their best

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January 13, 2007 13:11
Sarah, Jordan and Ashley star on the Discovery Channel

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January 14, 2007 16:10
Gone is T-2, the last of the Pearman support piers

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February 28, 2007 13:21
Preparing the T-2 base for Shelly

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February 28, 2007 15:59
Shelly pushes the button and gone is the T-2 foundation

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March 13, 2007 10:15
Bringing down the last Grace pier

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March 27, 2007 16:00
The last Graceful Blast from Mickey, Michael, Ken and the entire unbuilding team

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