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Elkhart home effortlessly reduced to toothpicks as part of Prairie Street demolition — see the video

Fourteen structures are to be torn down to make way for an overpass over a railroad line that crosses Prairie Street.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Wednesday June 4, 2014

An excavator is a powerful thing.

And watching an excavator reduce a house to toothpicks is an awesome sight, indeed.

Fourteen structures are to be demolished along Prairie Street north of Main Street to make way for a new overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad line that bisects Prairie. I visited the location and saw demolition of one of them Tuesday. See the video below.

The excavator worked effortlessly, it seemed, making mincemeat of the home.

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At one point, a refrigerator tumbled from the second story of the old home, left behind when the occupants left, apparently. Bryan Smith, one of several gathered watching the action, wished he could have gotten his hands on it.

Tony Coleman, another observer who stopped to watch while riding his bike, noted all the bricks from the structure.

"It’s alright to watch,“ he said, ”but you want to know if they’re going to salvage some of this."

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