On November 12, 1970, the Oregon Department of Transportation blew up a dead whale that had washed up on a Florence beach. In what was called a "controlled explosion," they used a half-ton of dynamite. It didn't go well. Chunks of dead whale blubber ended up all over both bystanders and the beach, flying out as far as a nearby parking lot where the flying flesh severely damaged at least one car. The decision to publicly dynamite an enormous mammal has become one of Oregon's all-time most bizarre moments.
Luckily, local news anchor Paul Linnman was on the scene, creating one of our state's most memorable evening news segments, which KATU recently rebroadcast.
The quality is much higher than the original Youtube version, allowing you crystal clear footage of the thudding sound of whale chunks dropping. (The good stuff starts at 2:45).
Here's the original for comparison: