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February 1, 2017 10:01 PM   Subscribe

Want to see a bunch of stuff blown up? In a controlled fashion? With New-Age music? Then the CDI Demo Reel is for you! [in-your-face music]. Perhaps you're a purist who prefers to watch only chimneys collapsing [all videos boom crash rattle]. Lots more on the Controlled Demolition, Inc. YouTube channel
posted by Johnny Wallflower (19 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
That blowed up real good!
posted by jim in austin at 12:01 AM on February 2, 2017




And then there's Fred's way of taking down a factory chimney...

(Also, as someone who doesn't particularly like heights, his way of climbing things has always scared me rigid)
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 1:13 AM on February 2, 2017 [8 favorites]


Finally, a non-political post I can enjoy to get my mind off this past week.
posted by hal9k at 2:02 AM on February 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


All right for some ... *sniff!*
posted by oheso at 2:24 AM on February 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


Ooo, I recognised the one at 9m05s as the building from Lethal Weapon 3 and the one at 8m20s as the post-credits gag. Big badabooms
posted by Molesome at 3:28 AM on February 2, 2017


Oh. So that's where those Pittsburgh landmarks went.
posted by booth at 4:35 AM on February 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


Bunch of old Vegas hotels in there, too.

I like how the best ones sort of 'fold into' themselves, almost like they're melting. Very elegant.
posted by easily confused at 5:37 AM on February 2, 2017


Oh, man, that Fred Dibnah video was amazing: a gorgeous accent, precision work achieved with crude tools (a deliberate tire fire?!), and blithe ignorance of danger in Fred enjoying a cigarette while he watches his factory arson go, and the delighted crowds rushing in after the fall to get closer to the still-blazing fire.

Lovely!
posted by wenestvedt at 5:40 AM on February 2, 2017


Needs more Philip Glass.
posted by dnash at 7:57 AM on February 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


The dust! The dust! I went to see a building taken down like this a number of years ago. A bunch of us were in an outdoor parking structure armed with cameras and recording devices. The sequence of explosions went off, the building started to collapse, and a HUGE dark cloud of dust headed right towards us. We ran like hell. What about the dust?
posted by njohnson23 at 8:48 AM on February 2, 2017


Was it weird they showed that minaret collapsing? I don't recall seeing any other faiths having their places of worship demolished.
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 8:56 AM on February 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


Excellent use of Unicode for the post title, Johnny Wallflower.
posted by foldedfish at 9:06 AM on February 2, 2017


everything's peaceful in slo-mo
posted by philip-random at 9:23 AM on February 2, 2017


Excellent use of Unicode for the post title, Johnny Wallflower.

Agreed, I loves me some Unicode hackery. Too bad iOS still cant render this stuff right.

Didn't really get the title until I saw it in Chrome.
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:41 AM on February 2, 2017


And then there's Fred's way of taking down a factory chimney...

Ah, the good old days when using tires to stoke a fire was normal. His climbing videos are interesting though also kind of horrifying, everything hanging from wooden wedges hammered into crumbling mortar.
posted by Dip Flash at 11:23 AM on February 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


I've been fascinated with CDI since reading about them in Reader's Digest or something similar in the 1970's. But Fred Dibnah? Just learned of him from this post (despite a couple of previous posts mentioning him); now that is some artisanal demolition!
posted by TedW at 11:43 AM on February 2, 2017


These are so satisfying for me to watch on such an inexplicably strong way that I think if there was some sort of "dopamine response measure" in my browser that I'd end up on some sort of terrorist watch list.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:22 PM on February 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


I'm wondering why they don't put high volume sprinklers (firehoses) on the building alongside to minimize the dust exposure? I've missed one of these locally, it seems like it'd be amazing at a bit of distance.
posted by sammyo at 12:32 PM on February 2, 2017


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