“There’s wires separated somewhere,” Mr. Cuppetilli said. “We’ve researched it. We haven’t found it yet. We’re going to continue research, but it’s not coming down today.”
Depending on the cause of the wiring problem, he added, Adamo may set off the unexploded charges later this week or take down the columns by other means. Company officials could not be reached on Sunday night.
Adamo was also behind the demolition last month of the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons played from 1992 to 2016.
That task went off without a hitch — unless you happened to be an employee of the Weather Channel, whose camera vantage point was blocked by a city bus at the worst possible moment.
“Get out of the way, bus!” an employee yelped as the stadium, unseen, thundered to the ground. By the time the bus moved, there was nothing to see but smoke and rubble.
“Ugh!” the employee shouted, swearing repeatedly.
The similarities were not lost on Twitter.
Many long-suffering Lions fans saw the failed demolition as emblematic of their team’s fortunes — or of their city’s. “Most Detroit thing ever,” one Twitter user wrote.
“I guess the building is not used to implosion on a Sunday until 1 pm,” another tweeted.
Other people chose to view it as a symbol of resilience in a city that has suffered deeply in recent decades. After all, the Silverdome is famously dilapidated — The Detroit News called it an “eyesore,” and that is one of the more polite descriptions — but on Sunday, it stubbornly refused to die.
Shortly after the failed demolition, someone created a Twitter account for the stadium.
“Tough as hell,” the account’s description read. “#ISurvived12.3.17.”