The Georgia Dome was home to many major sporting events in Atlanta history. From 1992 to 2016 it was where the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL played. Before that, it was home to the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, and before that it housed the NCAA Peach Bowl from 1993 to 2016.
The building was slated for demolition earlier this week, as the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium was ready to take over hosting events. It was a sad day for Georgia sports fans to watch the Dome go down, but everyone knew it was time.
“It’s going to be a sad day,” said Ken Jefferson, who worked at the Dome from its opening through its closing. “To me, it’s been like watching a loved one die.”
Because it was such a big event in the city's history, the Weather Channel chose to set up a camera to record the demolition. It's not every day that you get to see a building this size be blown up, and people were excited for the opportunity.
The demolition was estimated to last about 12 seconds, and the Weather Channel was set to capture all of them. What they weren't anticipating, however, was the bus schedule.
The Weather Channel thought they had the perfect vantage point for the demolition. They set up a camera across the street so the entire building was in view and waited. James Crugnale set up the live stream about 40 minutes before the building fell.
Unfortunately for Crugnale, the transit schedule did not line up with the demolition. Just as the explosives were detonated, a bus pulled up in front of the camera and blocked the entire view. The video is going completely viral online, and it's hilarious to watch.
You can hear Crugnale in the background completely losing his mind as all his hard work was for nothing, although in fairness, this video probably went way more viral than the demolition would have!
The transit line, MARTA, released a statement regarding the incident.
“Given the potential dangers of bringing down the largest structure of its kind... If this is the biggest story, we’re really glad about that,” Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Goldie Taylor said.
Take a look at this video and tell me it's not hilarious!!