Falling like a ton of bricks

From @shadow on twitter, a look at the S & S Candy & Cigar Company on the South Side today after a partial collapse not part of any planned demolition:

Absent a major storm or tornadic activity or Graboids, how does that happen?

So sad to see it happen to such a historic building.


  1. Dan (Not Onorato)
    February 14, 2011 11:45 am

    OK Ill say it….are you sure the City didnt come in to start ripping down this building instead of the one next door?

    Hey…its happened before!

  2. Cassie
    February 14, 2011 11:53 am

    Oh :( That’s sad.

    However, Dan (Not Onorato) may be on to something.

  3. Cassie
    February 14, 2011 11:54 am


    And on a complete side note, please promise me you’re going to write something about the debacle of a game Friday night and Mario’s response? Because what he said was absolutely perfect.

  4. T
    February 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    Wow, I drove past that area this morning and saw all of the fire trucks and was wondering what was going on. Such a shame!

  5. Naten53
    February 14, 2011 12:07 pm

    how does this happen? Gravity

  6. Joe K.
    February 14, 2011 2:02 pm

    In the P-G article about this they think that water got behind the bricks.

  7. Julia
    February 14, 2011 2:09 pm

    Really glad I drove into town today, instead of taking the bus. My bus goes through South Side, and I bet the detours were taking forever this morning!

  8. Joe
    February 14, 2011 2:26 pm

    It wasn’t just water. It was water mixed with pigeon poop. Ther can’t be any other explaination. ;)

  9. G-Man
    February 14, 2011 2:31 pm

    It looks like the bricks all decided to leave the wall and try to fill in a pothole on the street below.

  10. Rachel
    February 14, 2011 2:32 pm

    it’s sorta kinda in the shape of Pennsylvania

  11. Naten53
    February 14, 2011 2:49 pm

    Kool Aid man?

  12. bluzdude
    February 14, 2011 4:40 pm

    Now I have a new mental image for when the Commodore’s “Brick House” comes on. And it’s not better.

  13. Matt
    February 14, 2011 6:01 pm

    Wait, why is Wilford Brimley in the bottom right hand corner of that picture?

  14. bucdaddy
    February 14, 2011 6:47 pm

    Dammit to hell, Matt beat me to it by … wait a second, it’s 5:46 p.m. where I am. How can Matt post at 6:01?

  15. bucdaddy
    February 14, 2011 6:48 pm

    What am I on here, Pittsburgh Saving Time?

  16. Just A Simple Man
    February 14, 2011 8:19 pm

    The tenant under the S& was going for an “open air” studio?

  17. Dougie Fresh
    February 20, 2011 12:15 pm

    I am betting that when that building was built that (a) there were no building codes that required minimum structural support, (b)this building was built right next to another one, and the natural support between them helped – when one was removed, the other eventually collapsed, and (c) some water and weather, over time, helped item b. (Ys, I am a struictural engineer – don’t try this at home)