Shortly before the implosion, Kelly Stewart of Muddy Duck Lane in Mason was filming the detonation from inside an upstairs bedroom in the home she shares with husband Steve. The home sits along the Ohio River near the bridge site. Kelly said she has documented every piece of the demolition process and didn’t want to miss yesterday’s demolition of the old pier.
With Kelly and other family members standing in the bedroom, the explosion detonated and a piece of the old pier about as big as a football flew through the air and tore through the home’s siding, landing in a bean bag chair in the bedroom Stewart was standing in. The piece of the pier literally missed Kelly by only a few feet and can be seen on Kelly’s film hurtling toward the house.
Steve said after the blast he spoke with Steve Rainwater, one of the people in charge of the detonation from Duane Houkom, Inc. out of Texas, about paying for the damages to the siding and drywall. Mr. Stewart also said Rainwater told him workers even lowered the blast down somewhat, compared to this week’s Ohio pier, due to homes being nearby. Still, the Stewarts received a souvenir from the old bridge in their spare bedroom and a unique story to tell.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s possible workers from DHI will be back next week to implode what remains of the two piers resting underwater. When this happens, this will truly wipe any trace of the old bridge off the landscape of the Big Bend Area, though it will remain in memories and at least for today, in the Stewart’s spare bedroom.