Second Blast Brings Down Upper Half Of Silverdome

The second time was the charm for a partial implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome — the former home of the Detroit Lions.

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The top section of the Pontiac Silverdome was successfully imploded Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Mich., a day after a failed attempt.

Demolition company Adamo brought down the upper section of the Silverdome on Monday, one day after some explosive charges failed to detonate. Company officials said wiring issues were the culprit of Sunday’s failed attempt, which disappointed thousands of onlookers who’d braved cold temperatures in hopes of seeing a dramatic collapse.

The Lions played at the suburban Detroit facility from 1975 through 2001. The Silverdome also was the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and hosted the Super Bowl in 1982.

During its lifetime, the indoor, 80,000-plus seat stadium also hosted Wrestlemania III, a visit by Pope John Paul II and various motorsport events.