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15:34 Tue Mar 19 2013
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A spectacular bridge implosion that wowed spectators had the unexpected side effect of temporarily knocking out mobile phone reception in the area.
A spectacular bridge implosion that wowed spectators had the unexpected side effect of temporarily knocking out mobile phone reception in the area.

A planned explosion to demolish a US bridge knocked down more than expected yesterday, with the local phone network cut for several hours following the blast.

Video of the explosion in Marble Falls, Texas, shows up to 4000 onlookers counting down before a fireball flashes from the left side of the bridge to the right.

They then cheer as smoke fills the air and parts of the structure collapse and topple into the water.

"It's a great reason to be up and have a cup of coffee with the community, and it's a bridge blow-up party, it's pretty cool," resident James Oakley told KVUE.

The truss bridge had stood over the Colorado River in Texas since the 1930s and was the largest bridge of its kind to ever be demolished in the state.

The huge implosion knocked out phone services in the local area for several hours.

Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) executive director Phil Wilson said the bridge explosion was a rare event.

"This was easier to do in 30 seconds than (what) would have taken three months to do otherwise," he said.

Crews reportedly relocated two local ducks and stunned and relocated about 200 fish before destroying the bridge.

They will now remove debris from the water before building a new bridge.

"We're going to go ahead and put in a new bridge that's going to be safe, and we're going to make sure it can have another long life," TDOT spokeswoman Kelli Reyna told KVUE.

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