Screen capture of YouTube video showing demolition of Santa Clara's Walsh Avenue water tank.
Screen capture of YouTube video showing demolition of Santa Clara’s Walsh Avenue water tank.

A semi-departed colleague┬ásends us the following video. It’s the city of Santa Clara’s official footage of the demolition of its Walsh Avenue water tank. Here’s a description of the event from city public communications manager Daniel Beerman:

Recently the city of Santa Clara, California, demolished an outdated elevated water storage tank on Walsh Avenue. This project involved the 500,000-gallon, 167-foot-tall elevated steel tank built in 1964 within the city’s corporation yard. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the tank was determined to be at risk during a major seismic event and has not been used since.

It may not be quite as dramatic or loaded with show-biz production values as your average Las Vegas casino demolition, but it does feature the irresistible charm of a large object plunging toward a collision with terra firma. Enjoy.


Dan Brekke

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