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Genoa blasts away remnants of tragic motorway bridge
Demolition crews used controlled explosions on Friday (June 28) to erase a tragic Italian landmark, bringing down the hulking remains of a motorway viaduct which had partly collapsed in the northern city of Genoa last year, killing 43 people.
In a few seconds, the remains of the 1.2 km (1,300-yard) span that once connected the port city and southern France, fell to the ground with a roar, sending up clouds of cement dust and prompting scattered applause from onlookers.
According to Genoa mayor Marco Bucci, the demolition went to plan, though with a small delay due to concerns that a person may have been holed up in an abandoned apartment block near the bridge.