Spectator loses leg during building implosion
Bakersfield, CA (NBC) — A spectator lost a leg when he was hit with shrapnel from a California building implosion Saturday morning.
Structures from an old power plant were brought down as more than a thousand people watched from a parking lot hundreds of yards away.
Chunks of debris were seen flying from the site.
Bakersfield Police said a 44-year-old man's leg was severed by a large metal fragment. They said his injuries may require his other leg to be amputated.
Four spectators were treated for minor injuries, including Fred Garten, who was hit by shrapnel.
"The explosion went off. We got a little rattle out of the bridge. And a piece, probably about 4-inch by 6-inch metal shrapnel came across and hit me in the shin. We were dead center of the bridge, right behind the barricades in the police line," said Garten.
The spectators were outside a perimeter set up to ensure public safety.
Two buildings containing boilers from the PG&E Kern Power Plant were imploded.