The attempted demolition of the two damaged Liebherr tower cranes, part of the Morrow fleet, at the Hard Rock Hotel site took place on Sunday, October 20. According to the City of New Orleans’ Mayor’s Office, this was to “mitigate further damage”, as the tower cranes were in danger of collapsing.
The Mayor’s Office stated, “The two two cranes remaining on the construction site will be brought down in a controlled fashion. Expert engineers have developed a plan to conduct a controlled collapse of the cranes that will bring them down in place.”
However, many comments made across various media channels running the video question exactly how controlled the collapse was, with much of the structure of one tower crane remaining on the roof. Take a look at the video and see for yourself.