Photos of Keyspan Gas Holders Implosion


This is Gas Holder No. 2, located on the northern end of the job site. It was built in 1948 and decomissioned in 1997. Please be patient while photo loads. Please be patient while photo loads. This is Gas Holder No. 1, located on the southern end of the job site. It was built in 1927 and decomissioned in 1992.

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Our photographs were taken from Morgan Avenue, looking east. Holder No. 2 is to our left, and Holder No. 1 is to our right.

Please be patient while photo loads. While the photo clearly doesn't do it justice, this implosion created the coolest "special effect" we have ever seen during a blast. Holder No. 1 was positioned directly between us and the rising sun. As it fell, it's top lid was severed. This technique is used to allow escaping air and debris to rise up through the top instead of escaping out the sides and potentially causing damage. What happened was as the lid severed, dust and debris swirled up out of it. The sun's rays hit this dust as such an angle that from our vantage point, it looked like flames were shooting out of the top of the holder as it fell. This very cool effect was a chance happening that we couldn't have planned if we had tried. It is more visible on our video tape than on the photograph, but we thought it was worth mentioning.

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Created: July 18, 2001