GENOA, Italy (AP) — A spectacular planned explosion has knocked down the remaining spans and supporting columns of the Italian bridge that collapsed last year, killing 43 people.
The blast in Genoa Friday morning triggered a huge cloud of dust.
Some 3,500 people who live nearby had been evacuated as a precaution in the last hours; sirens sounded a final warning.
Others homes directly under the bridge had been evacuated immediately after the Aug. 14, 2018, collapse.
Fire hoses sprayed water to reduce dust triggered by the blast. Still, the cloud of dust and debris seemed to darken the sunny sky.
Prosecutors are considering possible design flaws or poor maintenance as they search for the cause of the deadly collapse during heavy vacation holiday traffic.
Famed Genoese architect Renzo Piano has designed a new bridge.