Exploding whales; how to survive an explosion; The Halifax Explosion; The Texas City Disaster of 1947; Seest fireworks disaster and much more! Plus Michael Bay.
Exploring the demolitions industry through the dismantling, brick by brick, of one of the largest granite-faced buildings in the world, Marischal College in Aberdeen.
The college boasts the second largest granite facade in the world; formerly part of the University of Aberdeen, it is undergoing radical change to house the city’s new council offices. In order to save the historic frontage, the building is being dismantled piece by piece, leaving only the outer walls. Skilled demolitions workers, stonemasons and archaeologists take apart the fabric of the building, revealing unknown aspects of the its structure and history, and offering insights into the demolitions world.
Since we’re coming up on the Fourth of July, and towns everywhere are preparing their better-than-ever fireworks spectaculars, we would like to offer this humbling bit of history. Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will.
The Halifax Explosion — The Halifax Explosion was one of history’s worst man-made, non-nuclear explosions. The disaster killed about 2,000 people, and part of the city was completely leveled. So how and when did Halifax begin to rebuild? Tune in to find out.