The 93-year-old bridge in Arkansas was deemed too weak to stand.
But it turned out to be a wee bit stronger than authorities anticipated.
On Tuesday, demolition crews wired the bridge with explosives to bring it down. There were a series of booms, some puffs of black smoke, and then ... well ...
The bridge stayed put. The crowd that gathered to watch its demise was left with laughter instead of shouts of glee.
"That didn't go as planned," the highway department admitted on Twitter. It added a hashtag: #TheDayTheBridgeStoodStill.