We’ve heard a lot of news out of Crimea in the last twelve months, and most of us wouldn’t go as far as to say any of it has been light-hearted or humorous.
But after a botched demolition job a couple weeks ago, locals gathered around a would-be demolished building to take pictures and laugh.
A 10-storey building in the city of Sevastopol in Crimea (which is now either part of Ukraine or Russia, no one really knows at this point) was found to be constructed illegally, and the decision was made to knock it down.
But whether the demolition team screwed up or the building was just reluctant to give up on its short-lived life, things didn’t go quite as planned.
As you can see in the video below, the controlled explosion went off and the building was supposed to collapse in on itself as the explosives are strategically placed to make for a safe demolition and simplified clean up afterwards.
Instead, the first few floors of the building collapsed and the tower got significantly shorter, tilted to one side, and then swayed back on itself and stayed there.
Spectators watched in disbelief as the building stopped moving and settled into its new makeshift position on an almost 70 degree angle.
The failed demolition occurred two weeks ago now, and it appears no one knows what to do – obviously it is too dangerous for anyone to approach the site in case the structure suddenly collapses, as it no doubt will do at some point.
That being said, people have been saying that about Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa for decades.
“I understand perfectly well that if anybody wanted to do this quickly and effectively, than everything would have happened in the first explosion alone,” said Ruslan, a local resident.
“But because our authorities understand that the safety of the citizens within the radius of say 500 metres comes above all, it is done to cause less damage so there is minimal air blast, minimum dust and minimum destruction. It is a usual scenario.”
The building has definitely made for a much more interesting Sevastopol skyline, and has actually become something of a tourist attraction. Who knows – maybe this unfortunate mishap could be a blessing in disguise for Crimea’s tourism, which has surely taken a hit in the last year!
Footage of the semi-demolition can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI6TgMFgAfM