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Spectators watch the demolition of a building in North Dakota in this Run! reel posted on Facebook.

Spectators watch the demolition of a building in North Dakota in this Run! reel posted on Facebook. (Leethe4th via Facebook)


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THE FARM— There's a reason that compilation videos like this one on YouTube have millions of views. Demolitions are fun to watch. Especially in person. When you combine explosives with destruction, then throw in a pinch of chaos, what's not to like?

The problem is that sometimes people treat real demolitions as a movie, instead of a dangerous event. Perhaps we're all just immune to the intensity of the moment because we've seen it play out in a thousand action movies over the years. Well, it's all fun and games until debris starts raining from the sky.

This video highlights this situation better than anything else I've seen.

A group of people are eagerly watching as a structure from the Hope Farmers Elevator Company in North Dakota is demolished. The enormous building topples to the ground like a wounded beast, unleashing a massive dust cloud.

Yet, no one moves. They're spectators, after all. And spectators usually don't plan on being personally involved in the action. They're just there to watch.

But this demolished grain elevator building had other ideas. And as the ominous dust cloud approaches the crowd, they finally realized that they should head for the hills. I have no idea where they ran or if they were spared the full wrath of the dust. But it's safe to say that they probably had a gritty sensation in the mouth for at least a week after this happened.

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About the Author: Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." To read more of his articles, visit Grant's KSL.com author page.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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