Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Let's Watch the 1982 Implosion of Buildings on Public Square That Left Everyone Covered in Dust and Soot

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 1:49 PM

click to enlarge YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
  • YouTube screenshot

If you think the infamous video of Cleveland's ill-fated attempt at releasing 1.5 million balloons is the best vintage gem on YouTube showing our proud citizens trying to enjoy something only to spectacularly screw it up, that means you haven't enjoyed this 1982 clip, captured by WEWS, of the implosion of the Cuyahoga and Williamson buildings on Public Square.

Urban building demolition videos? Always fun. This one? A bit different, because as the buildings come down and the clouds of dust begin to spread over Public Square people suddenly realize that authorities had not cordoned off the public far enough from the building. One moment there are cheers and claps as the two structures come roaring to the ground as the man who pushed the detonation button turns around to be admired and celebrated by the crowd. The very next moment the plume descends and everyone starts running. It's absolutely nutty, and scary, and the man-on-the-street videos in the aftermath are predictably jarring, both for the visuals and the carefree, even joyous, emotions expressed by folks who are absolutely covered in dust that could not have been great for their lungs.



One person left unscathed? The guy in charge of the demolition, who, looking fresh and dapper and clean in his interview, told a reporter he was A-okay because he knew to stand at a safe distance. This is information that apparently was not shared with anyone else.


Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 1, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation