This video features all 6 blasts. Visit youtube.com/wheeler666 for the individual videos

 

 

 

 

workers use a crane to place heavy blasting mats on the foundation they are about to blow up.
this contains the blast and minimizes airborne debris.
they call this matting the shot.

 

 

workers wear protective helmets as they guide mats into place to help contain the blast

 

 

BOOM!

 

 

this is the first of 6 explosions to remove the piers that served as the foundation for the old Route 3 bridge

 

 

the orange smoke that accompanied all 6 blasts is caused by a chemical reaction between the water and the explosion

 

 

no more pier. the foundation on the left is blast #2 and the one on the right is blast #3

 

 

blasters and construction guys admiring their work on the first day of shooting

 

 

workers set the charge for blast #2

 

 

this explosion was scheduled for the daytime, but was moved to midnight.
the tides dictated when the explosions would happen because they helped to contain the blasts

 

 

this would have been an amazing picture, but the air concussion from the explosion shook the camera equipment.
unfortunatly the long exposure was blurred.

 

 

smoke from the blast briefly paints a picture over the dark waters of the Passaic River

 

 

midnight explosions are worth the effort it takes to witness them

 

 

this picture is of the third explosion

 

 

the shockwave from the third blast can be seen clearly in this image

 

 

before you scroll down to the next picture make a mental note of the water level along the bank

 

 

the inevitable tsunami sucks water and ice from the shoreline

 

 

that wave has a nice break

 

 

nonel shock tube burning towards the piers on the other side of the river. 4th blast

 

 

this 4th explosion took place at 4:17 AM and reportedly woke people up for miles around

 

 

the 5th blast rising from beneath the bridge

 

 

visually this was the most beautiful of the explosions. ghost shot

 

 

the spirit of the Passaic River briefly reveals her shrouded form

 

 

these explosions were incredibly loud especially when they took place in the dead of night

 

 

explosion #6 final shot

 

 

you can really see the foundation coming apart on this one

 

 

blamo!

 

 

nevermore

 

 

orange smoke lingers after the sixth and final blast under the Rt. 3 Passaic River crossing

 

 

Route 3 Eastbound. New York in the background. The bridge in the mid ground.

 

 

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