'10.0 quake-resistant!': Demolishers desperate, high-riser intact after 2 blasts (VIDEO)
In Ruplty video footage, onlookers laugh and holler as demolition experts tried to detonate the building twice on Friday, both times unsuccessfully.
The building construction head, who arrived on the scene, told reporters the building was tough.
“It’s reinforced concrete. It’s built like a bunker, you can’t blast through it with mortar. The building can withstand a 10-magnitutde earthquake,” he said, as cited by TASS.
Residents in houses within a 250-meter radius of the building were evacuated to the nearest hotel and surrounding streets were closed to through traffic.
It was later confirmed
that the third attempt undertaken on Saturday was
entire process used up 400 kilograms of explosives and
cost the city budget 5
million rubles ($98 thousand).
Construction on the 16-story building began last year, but was never completed. The building was supposed to become half of a set of twin high-rises in central Sevastopol.
However, the authorities later ruled that the construction process was flawed, and the company had no right to start building it in the first place.