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Local teens build balsa wood bridges just to break them

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Campbell County High School sophomore Ethan Israelsen prepares his bridge for the big test Wednesday at Thunder Basin High School.

In Thunder Basin High School’s auditorium Wednesday morning, the 22nd annual Balsa Wood Bridge competition began not with a bang, but a whimper.

It was an impressive whimper, but the bang is kind of the whole point, because the students from Campbell County and Thunder Basin high schools counted on that bang to know when their competition was over.

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Senior Paul Swartz watches as his bridge turns to rubble during Wednesday’s balsa wood bridge competition at Thunder Basin High School.

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Thunder Basin High School senior Kinsley Larson reacts as her balsa wood bridge breaks under weight Wednesday morning.

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Thunder Basin High School senior Kinsley Larson reacts as her balsa wood bridge breaks under weight Wednesday morning.

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Campbell County High School educator Vanessa Bridges talks to sophomore Nash Lutgen about how his bridge can be repaired after a section broke during a physics competition.

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Campbell County High School sophomore Ethan Israelsen carefully attaches a bucket to test the strength of his balsa wood bridge during a competition at Thunder Basin High School Wednesday morning.

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