People In This Online Group Are Sharing Aftermath Photos Of Machinery, Structures, And Devices That Have Failed Catastrophically (100 Pics)


Where there are machines and devices, there’s always a chance they may, one day, out of nowhere, just stop working. Sometimes, it’s just a mere nuisance, other times, if we're talking about big, major structures, the outcome may be catastrophic.


There’s even a whole corner of Reddit dedicated to the latter. The subreddit Catastrophic Failure is a place to share some unfortunate and peculiar scenarios of what happens when things like a chemical storage facility has a leak or when water lines freeze and burst in Texas during the record low temperatures.


So let’s scroll through the compilation below, which is honestly both frightening and a reminder that we all have to be more careful to make sure such accidents won't happen.


#1 Gas Leak Into Water Main Taiwan


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#2 Failed Rocket Launch (Unknown Date)


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#3 April 28, 1988: The Roof Of An Aloha Airlines Jet Ripped Off In Mid-Air At 24,000 Feet, But The Plane Still Managed To Land Safely. One Stewardess Was Sucked Out Of The Plane. Her Body Was Never Found


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#4 In Pittsburgh. Sinkhole Eats Bus. No One Seriously Hurt


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#5 $300k Video Wall Came Down In Vegas


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#6 The View Of The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse From Atop The Suspension Cabling, 1940


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#7 2020/11/02 Train Breaks Through Barrier Onto Statue At The End Of The Line. Happened In The Middle Of The Night, No Injuries As Of Yet. Spijkenisse, The Netherlands


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#8 Final Seconds Of The Ukrainian Cargo Ship Before Breaks In Half And Sinks At Bartin Anchorage, Black Sea. Jan 17, 2021


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#9 Tourist Trapped 100m High On Chinese Glass Bridge After Floor Panels Blow Out (May 7, 2021)


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#10 On April 20, 2010 , The Oil Rig Deep Water Horizon Suffered A Catastrophic Blowout


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#11 Boeing 777 Engine Failed At 13000 Feet. Landed Safely


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#12 8/14/20 Chocolate Snows Down On Swiss Town Due To Factory Defect


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#13 Spacex’s Falcon 9 Rocket (Intentionally) Blows Up In The Skies Over Cape Canaveral During Successful Abort Test


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#14 Brand New Boeing 737 Fuselages Wrecked In A Train Derailment (Montana, July 2014)


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#15 Red Wine Cistern Catastrophically Ruptures At Sicilian Winery


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#16 December 2019 In Detroit: A Large Amount Of Chromium-6 Leaked Into The Ground From A Chemical Storage Facility That Contained It Improperly. It Was Only Found Out When It Leaked Onto A Nearby Highway


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#17 (2019) Cars Getting Transported On An Open Deck Catch On Fire After Salty Water Shorts Their Batteries


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#18 Tires From The United Flight That Declared Emergency During Takeoff. No Injuries


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#19 A Kalibr Cruise Missile Fired By Russian Destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov Malfunctions Mid Launch And Crashes Into The Sea (April 2021)


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#20 Drone View Of Indonesia's Largest Oil Refinery Explosion In Indramayu


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#21 Incorrectly Installed Part LED To Gas Leak. One Fatality And 3 Injured After Explosion When Workers Were Sent To Investigate


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#22 Arecibo Radio Telescope After The Instrument Platform Collapsed. (11/30/2020)


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#23 Train Derailment In Illinois


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#24 A Functioning Dutch Windmill From 1848 Burned Down


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#25 Container Ship ‘One Apus’ Arriving In Japan After Losing Over 1800 Containers Whilst Crossing The Pacific Bound For California Last Week


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#26 Huge Fire At A Huawei Research Facility In China, September 25, 2020


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#27 8.4.2020 Beirut - Storage Before The Blast


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#28 Water Lines Are Freezing And Bursting In Texas During Record Low Temperatures - February 2021


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#29 35 Years Ago, Space Shuttle Challenger Disintegrated And Killed All 7 Crew, Due To Failure Of A Joint In The Right Srb, Which Was Caused By Inability Of The Srb's O-Rings To Handle The Cold Temperatures At Launch


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#30 The Moment A Fuel Tanker Drifts Into The Median And Explodes On I-75 In Troy Mi. The Fire Raged For Over 2 Hours, And I-75 Is Shut Down Indefinitely. The Driver Survived. July 12, 2021


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#31 $1,250,000 Worth Of Corn Spilled After Silo Collapse In New Carlisle, Ohio On Jan 28, 2018


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#32 Fireworks Store Bursts Into Flames At The Market In Rostov-On-Don, Russia, On The 6th Of December, 2020


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#33 July 8, 2019. A Truckload Of Apples Is Now Evenly Distributed On The Pavement


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#34 On May 20, 1976, During Structural Renovations, A Fire Burned Away The Montreal's Biosphère Transparent Acrylic Dome


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#35 Sewer Main Exploding Drenches A Grandma And Floods A Street


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#36 New Pictures From The Suez Canal Authority On The Efforts To Dislodge The Ever Given, 25/03/2021


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#37 This Glass Vacuum Lift Failing Spectacularly


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#38 Molten Silly String


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#39 Markham, Ontario, Plywood Used To Repair Building Proves Insufficient For The Task


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#40 May 2021, The Bridge On Interstate I-40 In Memphis, Tn, USA


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#41 Steel Mill Malfunction Leads To Gallons Of Molten Metal Being Pouted All Over The Factory Floor


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#42 The Base Of The “Fire Tornado” Was 1,000 Feet Wide — Larger Than Three Football Fields — And Was Fueled By Winds Gusting To 165 Mph, According To The Cal Fire Report. It Exploded 7.5 Miles Into The Air, Ripping Roofs Off Homes And Toppling Power Lines


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#43 (Aug 12, 2019) Tesla Model 3 Crashes Into Parked Truck. Shortly After, Car Explodes Twice


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#44 Captain Brian Bews Bails At The Last Moment After A Stuck Piston Causes His Cf-18 Hornet To Crash


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#45 Excavator Being Lifted Into Tunnel Shaft In Hong Kong Falls. 10/14/2020


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#46 In Cancun During A Gender Reveal Party


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#47 Grain Bins In Iowa, USA After 80+ Mph(128+ Kmh) Winds. 2020


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#48 Windows Shattering In A Building A Mile Away From The Chemical Factory That Exploded In China


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#49 Residential Building Is Burning In Milan (29 Aug)


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#50 Heavy Rains Burst Into Norwood Hospital (Ma, USA) - June 2020


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#51 Girder Exits From Production Line, 2020-05-30


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#52 Under Construction Hard Rock Hotel In New Orleans Collapsed. Was Due To Open Next Month


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#53 Drill Bit After Taking Out Some Of London's Internet, 2019-12-19


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#54 2021 March 22 This Swimming Pool Collapsed In Brazil, Flooding The Parking Lot


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#55 Machine Malfunctions Spraying Molten Metal Everywhere (Unknown Date)


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#56 Another Angle Of The Gas Station Explosion In Volgograd


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#57 Us/Mex Border Wall Section Collapses - Hurricane Hanna - 26 July 2020


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#58 Palestinian Apartment Building Collapses After Israeli Airstrikes


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#59 Structural Failure Arecibo Telescope Collapse 12/1/2020


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#60 Uss Bonnehome Richard On Fire In San Diego


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#61 Motor Yacht Go Wrecks Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s Dock. St. Maarten - 24/02/2021


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#62 In 1945, A B-25 Bomber Got Lost In A Patch Of Fog And Crash Into The 79th Floor Of The Empire State Building. Fourteen People Passed Away In The Incident


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#63 Foundry Worker Puts Wet Scrap Metal In Furnace, November 27, 2019


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#64 Burning Warehouse Explodes, Sending A Propane Tank Flying Through The Air


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#65 Petroleum Products In The Water System After The Accident At The Chpp-3 In Norilsk, Russia


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#66 Parked Several Thousand Hot Rental Cars On A Dry Grass Overflow Lot In South Florida


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#67 Chemical Factory In Istanbul Explodes And Catches Fire, Launching A Metal Tank Into The Air 9/19/2019


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#68 Firework Balloon Disaster In Myanmar


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#69 Highway Sign Falls On Car (2018)


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#70 Commander George C Duncan Is Pulled Out Alive From The Cockpit Of His Grumman F9f Panther After Crashing During An Attempted Landing On Uss Midway On July 23rd 1951


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#71 Aftermath Of The Collapse Of I-35 W In Minneapolis Mn (August 2, 2007)


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#72 An Explosion At The Ufaorgsintez Plant In Ufa, Russia. Two Containers With Methane Hydrogen Are Burning


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#73 10 Years Ago - A 9.0 Magnitude Underwater Earthquake Instigated The 2nd Worst Nuclear Disaster In History - The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown - March 11th, 2011


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#74 Ammonia Leak Near Chicago


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#75 Static Charge Causes Massive Fire In Back Of Box Truck


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#76 Russian Mi-14 Struggles During A Water Takeoff And Ends Up Shattering Its Rotors


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#77 Mega Church Burning Caught Fire. Luckily There Were 0 Casualties


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#78 Cable On A Window Washing Station Snaps And Hits A Power Line, Causing An Electrical Explosion. The Workers Were Saved By Their Emergency Harnesses


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#79 Unsecured Load On Highway 30


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#80 Toner Explosion


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#81 Fixing The Old Water Tower Didn't Go Well. Russia, Feb'21


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#82 Explosion In Henan Aluminum Factory After Heavy Flooding 20/7/2021


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#83 Stucked Bulk Carrier Ship Wakashio Spilling Oil On The Coast Of Mauricius, 7.8.2020


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#84 Truck Puts Too Much Torque Into Its Engine, Causing It To Explode Out Of The Frame


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#85 A Cross-Sea Bridge Collapsed, 2019-10-01 In Yilan, Taiwan


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#86 Catastrophic Driveline Failure 700' Up. I Avoided Most Of The Wires But Caught Two Small Utility Lines Right Before We Set Down. I Broke 2 Ribs, Passengers Were Unharmed. (Oc)


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#87 Container Ship Runs Ground With Precious Construction Cargo Aug 2019


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#88 A Fire Broke Out At A Polysilicon Plant In Xinjiang, China


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#89 08/10/2020 - Arecibo Observatory, One Of The Largest Single-Aperture Radio Telescopes In The World, Has Suffered Extensive Damage After An Auxiliary Cable Snapped And Crashed Through The Telescope’s Reflector Dish


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#90 Ferry Crashes Into A Loading Dock In Barcelona Causing A Fire


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#91 Concrete Retaining Wall Failure Allows A Hill Landslide


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#92 Medical Helicopter Experiences A Malfunction And Crashes While Landing On A Los Angeles Hospital Rooftop. Wreckage Missed The Roof’s Edge By About 15 Feet, And All Aboard Survived


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#93 The Ontario Police And Fire Department In California Are Investigating A Large Explosion, That Happened Moments Ago (03-16-2021)


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#94 Super Yacht Crash 13th March 2020


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#95 An Explosion Occurred At The Tianjiayi Chemical Production Facility In Yancheng China


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#96 Pedestrian Bridge Collapse In Washington Dc 6/23/2021


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#97 Firefighters Attempt To Put Out A Magnesium Fire


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#98 A Live Bomb Detonates On An Us Aircraft Carrier After Accidentally Being Dropped From An Aircraft, Killing The Cameraman (1953)


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#99 Truck Crashed Into Another Truck Carrying Loads Of Paint On The Highway


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#100 Space X's Mk1 Starship Fails Its Nitrogen Pressure Test


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#101 050220 Trailer Driver Misjudged It's Height, Crashed In To A 45 Years Old Iconic Pedestrian Bridge In Penang, Malaysia. The Bridge Is Beyond Repair And Got Torn Down The Next Day. Local Government Suing The Transport Company


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