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Breaking: Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis
KSTP TV 5/ME | 8/1/07 | Me

Posted on 08/01/2007 4:28:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

Just turned on the news. 35W bridge collapsed in the Mississippi River. Cars, trucks, semis.....

Fires burning, tanker trucks, at least one school bus, more than ten cars......

Just now breaking.......


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 35w; breaking; bridge; bridgecollapse; bridges; btld; collapse; corrosion; engineering; infrastructure; jihad; minneapolis; mosques; mothman; prayerforminnesotans; rust; slownewsday; terroristattack; transportation; twincitiescell
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To: steveo

“sorry, dead weight is much different than live weight. the bridge would have been designed to hold that much dead weight. ROP and if I’m wrong...”

Sure it was. Forty years ago. I said weight plus accumulated metal fatigue and corrosion.


541 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:11 PM PDT by DugwayDuke (A patriot will cast their vote in the manner most likely to deny power to democrats.)
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To: Petronski

Thanks, I looked it up too. So they have about an hour of light left. What they call civil twilight ends at 9:14.


542 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:22 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Solson

Not only that, they would need to know where and how to place them which isn’t as easy as it sounds. If terrorists had the means and ability to do this, they would have been able to take down a far more spectacular target.


543 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:34 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Disambiguator

Me too - where were you??


544 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:43 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Normal" - Just a cycle on the washing machine - Naomi Judd)
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To: Reaganesque
I will say Minneapolis has some of the best health care in the nation

Lousy politics, but great health care.

545 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:43 PM PDT by coder2
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To: Dutch Tulip

OK, witness is clarifying their statement - witness is describing items in freefall as the bridge collapsed, not explosions.


546 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:53 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Reaganesque

“Highway 35W North was closed for resurfacing at the time and it was quite hot here today so, it’s entirely likely that those were factors and not terrorism.”

Does steel melt at 90 degrees?


547 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:53 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: JoeBrooks

This is the lady in the red car.


548 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:02 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware
I don't know what was meant by the term "blow up."

If you mean "explode," I'd say that's unusual (except for the fact that you have one or more fuel trucks involved here).

If you mean "lifted vertically in a sudden manner," I'd say it would not be all that unusual. It looks like one or more sections toppled instead of just collapsing, so the rotation of the slab (toppling motion) could easily lift cars, people, etc. up in the air.

549 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:02 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: dawn53

I think it was decking rehab, taking the old concrete out.


550 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:28 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Solson; All
As has so often been the case, MS-NBC is doing an excellent job of covering these sad events. Also, their local NBC affiliate.

Keith Olbermann is also doing an excellent job. He's a very articulate and quite an intelligent man. So sad he's politically deranged.

551 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:40 PM PDT by unspun (FREEP Bill O'Reilly about Iraq (and now, about FR))
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

How do you know its from 2005??????


552 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:44 PM PDT by angelcindy (Where's the Fence?????)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

People are always a little excited when things like this happen.

Also, whenever there is a catastrophic failure there are lots of sounds and small events, some of which look like explosions. Remember all the people who swore they heard explosions with the World Trade? As things give, they “bang” - my guess is it is easy to confuse with an explosion.

No need to jump to conclusions here. Buildings and bridges are not new to sudden, catastrophic failure. This is just as easily an engineering problem.


553 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:55 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: mware

I would expect that when the spans came down, the air under them had to be ‘blown out’ as the concrete spans fell...this might give the appearance of smoke etc. as the air rushed out from underneath the collapsing segments.

If I remember my physics correctly, an object will fall and accellerate at 9.8meters/sec2. So, if the bridge was 65 feet up it would take approx 2-2.5seconds to fall that distance so the speed at impact would be 100feet/second(?) so the air would have been blowing out pretty good, moving all sorts of dust and trash..

Just my really rough calcs...


554 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:06 PM PDT by GRRRRR (The Libtards are spoiling for a big fight!)
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To: Abigail Adams

Fox is mentioning WCCO now and that they (WCCO) are reporting at least one fatality.


555 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:06 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: DrGunsforHands; All

“Who says something like that?”

I’ve done live television where you are reporting on something as it’s happening and you have to think on your feet where things are changing right before your eyes.

You’ve got a producer talking in your ear telling you to take the feed from somewhere...wrap up because a break i coming up...feeding you updated info...pluse you’ve got assistants constantly handing you script to read and you’re trying to watch the monitor.

And you’re doing ALL of this at once.

Mis-steps and mis-phrased words happen.

I’m not defending Shep here...I’m just trying to give folks who don’t know an idea of the organized chaos going on that you don’t see.

My live reporting was the Ford Funeral...tame by comparison...I’d be pulling my hair out on this one.


556 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:19 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Engineer Bn. K.I.A. 25 Apr. 2005)
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To: Always Right

Someone else said that they are probably better off there than trying to get home in this mess. If they called the game they’d have a lot more people in the way and in traffic.

It may have been intentional to keep the game on.


557 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:23 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: don-o

If you look at the damage, parts of the bridge pivoted up as the center span collapsed down. That would account for the reports of debris flying up.


558 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:27 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: All

Channel 5’s weather guy saw that severe thunderstorms will be moving into the area of the bridge collapse within a half hour or so.


559 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:31 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Petronski

It’s awful. They said on TV that a lot of people were heading to the Twins game around that time.


560 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:39 PM PDT by Palladin (Judge Munley is a nincompoop.)
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