July 4th Blast
“They’re going to blow up George Washington?”
The boy, maybe 6, had just arrived with his family in time to hear about the 1 p.m. Fourth of July blast on the Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving.
The Washington bust, at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, was perfectly safe.
So was the stone portrait of legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, some 300 feet above the blast zone.
Despite rain and wisps of fog, the visibility cleared in time for Crazy Horse visitors to see the 1,500-ton blast. It was the latest in the engineered explosions that are roughly shaping the 219-foot high horse’s head.
Crazy Horse Memorial will help the nation celebrate its 234th birthday with a 1 p.m. Fourth of July blast on the world’s largest mountain carving in progress.
Sunday’s blast will remove 1,500 tons in an area 300 feet below the top of Crazy Horse’s head. Please watch our webcams if you cannot attend in person.
This will be the latest engineered explosions that are roughly shaping the colossal horse’s head. At 219 feet tall, it will be the monument’s largest artistic detail.
Overall, the Crazy Horse Memorial carving will be 641 feet long and 563 feet high when completed.