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Second implosion of Pontiac Silverdome a success

Posted at 3:40 PM, Dec 04, 2017

PONTIAC, Michigan (WXYZ) — The second implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome brought down the structure around 4 p.m. Eastern Monday after the first scheduled implosion Sunday failed to topple the stadium.

According to Adamo, the demolition company tasked with the implosion, eight charges disconnected -- preventing the fall of the Silverdome on Sunday. 

"We had a lot of difficulty getting people out of here the other night...we don't know if someone accidentally pulled the wire off. We don't know, we're still researching that," said Adamo Executive Vice President Rick Cuppetilli.  

The 82,000-plus stadium was the home for the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 2001 and also was home for the Detroit Pistons from 1978-1988.

On top of that, the Silverdome hosted many record events over the years, including Led Zeppelin in 1977, 93,000 people to watch Pope John Paul II's mass in 1987 and WrestleMania III which hosted 93,173 people.

The WrestleMania record stood as the WWE attendance record until 2016 when WWE said 101,763 people attended the show in Arlington.