Photos of Kantoorgebouw de Rijswijk Implosion



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Please be patient while photo loads. These "before" pictures show the various challenges presented by this implosion. There are two nearby buildings. The first picture shows a lowrise building located only a few meters away from the implosion. The picture to the left shows a new highrise under construction that is also very close by. The end walls were designed to fall towards the middle during the implosion to avoid harming these other two buildings.

Also, in the picture on the right, take note of the ground floor of the building just before implosion. American blasters use a heavy black geotextile fabric to contain flying debris, while the Europeans often use heavy blasting mats instead. These mats are draped around the lower floor to contain the debris from the explosions.

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This picture shows how well the debris was contained in the buildings own footprint. The pile of rubble is surprisingly small for such a large building. It looks like the tower under construction in the background was untouched by the implosion. This view also shows a number of low rise buildings across the street which had to be protected during the implosion.

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Created: November 11, 2000