Bridge Goes Boom

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 9:36am

Bridge that spanned Susquehanna River for more than a century is blown up by demolition crew.

A bridge that supported travelers crossing Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River for more than a century is no more.

High explosives brought down half of the steel structure just after noon Thursday.

The bridge was built in 1900 but was closed in March after a new bridge was opened.

Hundreds of people converged on the area to watch history in the making inclding Larry Bixby of Wyoming.

"This is a landmark. I really wanted to see it explode. It had its time, now it's time to move on," Bixby said.

Debbie Jones from Duryea brought her two young sons to see the demolition.

"I have driven over that bridge so many times. I just wanted to say good-bye, and really it was too dangerous," Jones said.

Christopher Jones, 10, was impressed with what he saw.

"I was really scared. I never saw anything like that," he said afterwards. "It was cool."

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will cut up the steel beams and have them recycled.

The other half of the bridge will meet the same fate next month.

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