Football

TV crew was set to record Georgia Dome implosion, then the bus came (turn on sound)

The Georgia Dome in Atlanta was imploded Monday, but when the Weather Channel readied for the big shot, something tragic happened.
The Georgia Dome in Atlanta was imploded Monday, but when the Weather Channel readied for the big shot, something tragic happened. AP

The Weather Channel was all set to record history as the Georgia Dome faced the end of the line. Monday was implosion day and the network was there to document it on video.

They set up the camera in direct line of the aging stadium, an apparently perfectly unimpeded view of the former home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons — as well as the site of a TCU demolition of Ole Miss in the 2014 Peach Bowl.

But what ensued just as the explosives ignited is material made for Dick Clark’s old bloopers and practical jokes show. An Atlanta public transit bus (MARTA) literally pulled up in the center of the shot, completely blocking the view of the stadium.

All that can be seen as the structure collapses is plumes of smoke and rubble. As the bus finally pulls away, the implosion is all but history.

But making this missed shot a must-watch is the reaction of the television crew. Their voices of frustration and pure disbelief might actually wind up being remembered long after the day the Georgia Dome came crashing down.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted the failed video on Twitter, and figured it was more or less apropos for the city, writing: “The most Atlanta thing to ever happen? MARTA bus parks right in front of The Weather Channel's Dome implosion shot.”

Jeff Caplan: 817-390-7705, @Jeff_Caplan

  Comments