Video: Demolition Misfires as Silo Falls Wrong Way, Crushes Danish Library

Demolition experts were left red-faced when a silo they tried to bring down fell the wrong way and crushed a cultural center.

Onlookers who had gathered to see the explosion in the town of Vordingborg initially cheered when the detonation began on Friday (April 6) around 5pm local time.

But their cheers turned to cries of horror as the 53-meter silo toppled the wrong way, crushing the waterfront cultural center, which housed a library and a music school, Danish newspaper BT reported.

RTX5I8ZY A silo demolition goes wrong, as it falls to the wrong side and lands on the local library at Vordingborg Harbor in Vordingborg, Denmark, April 6, 2018. Scanpix Denmark/Rasmussen Per via REUTERS

No one was injured in the accident which led to volunteer firefighters working through the night to secure the site. Most of the inside areas of the library were covered in dust but the interior structure of the building was not damaged.

The Danish Explosives Association claimed that the detonation had been correctly prepared for, and an investigation is underway to ascertain what went wrong.

The person in charge of the explosion, Kenneth Wegge, told the Danish news network TV East: “I simply do not know how it may have gone so bad. I will put my head on the block. We have prepared half a year for this.”

An image of the aftermath of the accident shows one corner of the building left as a pile of splintered lumber and stone, with the silo lying next to it.

The term for a building that does not fall in the way it is supposed to is known in the explosives industry as a “standup.”

A plan to demolish the derelict Silverdome NFL stadium near Detroit went awry in December when a deafening series of blasts failed to topple the Pontiac Silverdome, to the frustration of officials and the bemusement of a crowd gathered to watch the spectacle.