Mistakes during demolitions happen. Sometimes contractors knock down the wrong buildings, other times the explosives used don’t knock the building over, and other demolitions are carried out with a complete lack of regard for human life. As fun as they are to perform and watch, they’re inherently dangerous and there should be a plan in place in case things go wrong.
A Baltimore rowhouse had developed a large crack and city inspectors determined that the building was unstable and an emergency demolition was ordered. During the demolition, the adjacent rowhouse which was occupied as a Laundromat, was mistakenly destroyed as a section of brick fell over the neighboring property.