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.
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.
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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.
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