Tappan Zee Bridge demolished in big bang

The demolition of a section of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River took place in the New York City region on Tuesday.

Explosives were used to remove the eastern part of the former bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties.

Hundreds of spectators, equipped with binoculars, gathered on both sides of the river to watch the controlled explosion.

Opened in 1955, the bridge was one of the primary crossings of the Hudson River north of New York City. In 2013, US authorities started to construct a new bridge, the 4.8-kilometer (3-mile) Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which opened in 2017 and replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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