A concrete viaduct more than two miles in length was blown up with dynamite last night while the people of Wuhan in central China were asleep.
The mammoth demolition job set a national record for the longest reinforced concrete bridge ever demolished.
It took just a few seconds for the full length of the two-lane viaduct to be leveled.
Zhuan-yang viaduct runs through the midst of the city and engineers had
to take special measures to prevent nearby homes being destroyed.
In order to prevent flying debris, all of the piers supporting the bridge were wrapped with cotton, wires and sand bags.
full 2.2-mile stretch of the bridge was also lined with a cloth apron
and giant bags of water, which created a vapour mist during the