Charges detonate to demolish the Morandi Bridge in Italy that collapsed killing 43 people in 2018

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CHARGES detonate to destroy the remainder of a bridge in Italy that collapsed last year with the loss of 43 lives.

The blast just after 9.30am on Friday in Genoa saw the Morandi Bridge crumble into a cloud of dust and rubble.

Controlled explosions demolish what's left of the Morandi Bridge a year after it collapsed
Controlled explosions demolish what’s left of the Morandi Bridge a year after it collapsed
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The controlled demolition razed the remaining spans and supporting pillars in just six seconds.

The viaduct had been a key road linking the port city both to Milan and the French Riviera before it came crashing down on 14 August.

Officials evacuated 3,500 locals ahead of Friday’s denotation as a precaution. Minutes before the blast, sirens sounded a final warning.

Homes directly beneath one of the bridge’s spans had been evacuated immediately after the collapse. Those buildings will be demolished to build a new bridge.


The replacement bridge will feature 43 lamps to mark those who died.

They lost their lives when a stretch of roadbed gave way, plunging into the riverbed below, during a thunderstorm.

Traffic was very heavy that day, the eve of Italy’s chief summer holiday, Ferragosto.

The blast just after 9.30am demolished the remaining spans and pillars in six seconds
The blast just after 9.30am demolished the remaining spans and pillars in six seconds
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Officials evacuated 3,500 locals ahead of the denotation in Genoa, Italy
Officials evacuated 3,500 locals ahead of the denotation in Genoa, Italy
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A stretch of roadbed gave way on August 14, 2018 during a thunderstorm
A stretch of roadbed gave way on August 14, 2018 during a thunderstorm
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Forty three people lost their lives on the eve of Italy’s chief summer holiday
Forty three people lost their lives on the eve of Italy’s chief summer holiday
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