Join explosives experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey for a backstage pass to the world's biggest and toughest demolition jobs. From urban skyscrapers and massive steel bridges to giant stadiums and towering cranes, you'll meet the highly-skilled blasters who can bring down any structure with pinpoint accuracy. Using special sacrifice cameras and high-speed camera technology, our experts will give you a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how demolition specialists take down engineering giants with the push of a button.
The Detonators takes you inside the explosive-packed world of professional demolition engineers as they use all their skills to fire off the perfect blast.
S01E02 - FLORIDA OFFICE TOWER
Once the tallest structure in Coral Gables, Florida, the Ponce de Leon office building was constructed out of concrete and steel, two heavy-duty materials that react very differently to explosives. Veteran blasters Jim Redyke and Chester Grace are faced with the challenge of getting both the concrete core and the steel frame to come down together -- and in the same direction. But as they'll see, not all blasts go off according to plan.
Originally aired: 02/04/2009