Let’s face it: many of us like seeing things get blown up. The entire Die Hard movie franchise is, effectively, based on that one crucial assumption about movie audiences.
When it comes to buildings being demolished, we might rationalize that we like to see the engineering wizardry, precision of the placement of the charges and the careful timing that allows the toppling building to fall just so — but really we just like to see things get blown up and collapsing in a huge, billowing cloud of gritty dust.
So it is with the implosion of the abandoned Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit, which was demolished a few days ago to make way for the new Red Wings arena. As the hosts of SCTV’s Farm Film Report would have said, “it blowed up real good!”