Photos show Trump's border wall prototypes being demolished

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesA border wall prototype is torn down at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.
  • The eight border wall prototypes commissioned by the Customs and Border Protection agency in 2017 were demolished on Wednesday.
  • The prototypes were torn down to make room for a segment of new fencing.
  • The prototypes were made partly of concrete and partly of other materials like steel, and were tested by tactical units against breaching and scaling techniques.

Eight border wall prototypes were knocked down on Wednesday after serving for more than a year as the embodiment of President Donald Trump’s attempted crackdown on illegal immigration.

The prototypes were demolished to make room for a segment of new fencing.

Seven of the prototypes went down within just two hours, after crews got to work using a hydraulic jackhammer on an excavator, according to the Associated Press. The last prototype took longer to take down.

Here’s what the destruction looked like:


In October 2017, the Customs and Border Protection agency unveiled eight different versions of a wall just outside San Diego, California.


They were intended to serve as test runs for the wall Trump has promised since the early days of his presidential campaign.

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesA border wall prototype is torn down at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.

Four were made of concrete, and four were made of other materials, such as steel.

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesAerial view of the wall prototypes at the US-Mexico border after they were torn down, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.

Each was 30 feet tall, and reportedly cost between $US300,000 and $US500,000.

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesWorkers labour on a border wall prototype at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 26, 2019.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune


Tactical teams spent weeks trying to go under, over and through the walls to test their strengths and weaknesses, and used tools like jackhammers, ladders, saws, and blow torches.

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesA border wall prototype is torn down at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.

Now, instead of a wall using the prototype designs, a new 30-foot high bollard-style fence will be built where the prototypes stood.

Agence France-Presse/Guillermo Arias via Getty ImagesA border wall prototype is torn down at the US-Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on February 27, 2019.

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