Baltimore blast: Explosives used to remove bridge wreckage from ship

Workers removing the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Monday used a series of explosive charges to remove a portion of the bridge from the deck of the container ship that caused the collapse of the bridge March 26.

The 984-foot-long Dali will now be refloated and moved so ships can once again enter and exit the Port of Baltimore.

Maritime traffic to and from the port was halted when the Dali lost power while exiting the port. The powerless ship slammed into one of the support columns of the bridge, causing it to collapse into the Patapsco River. Eight workers were making repairs on the bridge at the time; two survived but the other six died.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the work to remove the bridge's wreckage, said the primary lane for entering and exiting the port will be reopened by the end of this month.

Officials estimate a new bridge will be constructed and opened by the Fall of 2028.