- Title: GERMANY: HISTORIC RAILWAY ANCIENT VIADUCT BLOWN UP
- Date: 15th February 1997
- Summary: OLPE, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 15, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/ZOOM IN RAILWAY VIADUCT 0.14 2. LV MECHANICAL DIGGER IN FRONT OF VIADUCT PAN RIGHT TO WORKER 0.28 3. SCU HOLES CREATED IN BRICKWORK OF VIADUCT WHERE EXPLOSIVES WILL BE PLACED 0.39 4. SCU SIGN WARNING OF IMMINENT EXPLOSION AT SITE 0.42 5. LV FIELD WITH CROWD WAITING FOR EXPLOSION 0.47 6. SV MEN WAITING WITH CAMERAS 0.52 7. LV LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING 0.55 8. GV RAILWAY VIADUCT EXPLODING AND COLLAPSING TO THE GROUND 1.10 9. SLV SPECTATORS PACKING UP 1.17 10. GV/SLV DIGGERS CLEARING BRICK RUBBLE 1.39 11. SLV WORKERS STANDING ON ROAD NEAR DIGGER AND RUBBLE 1.44 Initials s2 p3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 2nd March 1997 12:00
- Location: OLPE, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA9JBXUSZ5JFD4UDXMEK6LZKHQL
- Story Text: - INTRO: A railway viaduct dating back to the beginning of this century has been blown up near the west German town of Olpe.
Local authorities decided to blow up the bridge for safety reasons. The bridge was considered unsafe because the brickwork had absorbed too much moisture over the years.
Over 160 kilograms of explosives were used to blow up the 167 metres long and 22 metres high bridge. Its estimated weight was 15,000 tons.
The viaduct, built between 1908 and 1914, was used until 1945 as a railway bridge.
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