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.
S01E05 - BLASTING IN TIGHT SPACES
First, Paul travels back to Glasgow, Scotland, where explosive engineers are attempting to demolish two high-rise towers that sit less than 25 feet from a major commuter rail line. Next they face an even tighter challenge -- the demolition of an old bridge in Pennsylvania that's just a few feet from its multi-million dollar replacement. If either blast goes wrong, commuters will be stranded and residents will be furious.
Originally aired: 02/25/2009