Demolition of Nitro-St. Albans Bridge gathers big crowd
Crowds gathered today for a historic moment -- the destruction of the St. Albans side of the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.
St. Albans police blocked traffic on certain roads and kept people out of certain areas during the bridge demolition.
The St. Albans portion of the bridge was brought down with explosives at 10 a.m. today.
The event was planned minute-by-minute.
A five-minute warning siren went off at 9:55 a.m., and a second warning went off at the two-minute mark at 9:58 a.m.
The blast was loud, so officers suggested hearing protection for small children.
Also at 9:55 a.m., police blocked traffic on U.S. 60 at the intersection of Fourth and Second streets. Third Street was blocked at the alley that runs behind Taco Bell and Tim Horton's.
In that area spectators were asked to view the detonation from the south side of U.S. 60.
No one was permitted on the north side of the road, nor was anyone permitted on the C&O Motors car lots. The St. Albans High School football stadium and the bus garage also were secured. No one was permitted on those properties.
Those working at C&O Motors and Lou Wendell Marine were asked to stay inside their buildings and at least eight feet away from windows.
A public viewing area was set up at Roadside Park, which is outside the safety restriction zone.
There was a full crowd at Roadside Park. Spectators were able to walk across the road to the guardrail to watch. A post-detonation inspection was to ensure all the explosives were detonated. Officers reopened roads minutes after the blast.