They’re demolishing Grace United Methodist Church, and yesterday as I drove past, there was a backhoe scooping up loads of broken concrete and stone, and depositing them in a dump truck, which was nearly full. And next to the truck was a hardhatted construction guy carefully directing a firehose of water onto the debris in the truck (not a garden hose–a real firehose).
I formulated three theories as to why this would be, and would like to have one of them confirmed.
To cut down on dust. Hard to imagine that people busily knocking down an immense stone church are concerned about dust after the debris is already in the truck. I’d think they’d want to wet down the demolition site, not the truck.
To cut down the fire hazard. Hard to imagine that a truckload of broken concrete and stone constitutes a spontaneous combustion hazard.
To make the truck and its contents weigh more, because they are possibly being paid by weight for how much they cart away from the site. This seems to me to be the most likely explanation. And yes, I am the most dreadful cynic, why do you ask?
Thank you in advance, anyone.