Blast into the past: Bank of Lisbon goes in tricky demolition

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Blast into the past: Bank of Lisbon goes in tricky demolition

It was over in seconds as explosives reduced the building where three firemen lost their lives to rubble

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The demolition of the 31-storey Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg’s city centre on Sunday morning was a high-risk, high-cost exercise that required almost 900kg of explosives.

“You have a very high structure in very close proximity to other structures. The parking structures just to the west of the building were 7.8m away. The total height of this building down to the lowest basement was 108m,” said Jet Demolition director Joe Brinkman.

“You have the great risk of rubble impacting buildings nearby.”..

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