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Moment giant cooling towers are demolished in controlled explosion

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Watch the moment giant cooling towers are demolished at Rugeley power station

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This video shows the moment four iconic cooling towers were demolished in a five-second controlled explosion.

The landmark concrete towers at Rugeley Power Station in the Midlands have dominated the skyline for 53 years.

At 11.15am on Sunday they were destroyed to make way for housing and business space.

Crowds gathered on a nearby hillside to watch the demolition.

Footage shows the four 384ft towers disappear in clouds of smoke and dust within seconds.

The coal-fired power plant has been closed since 2016 and in April, planning permission was granted for housing and employment space.

Plans include 2,300 new ‘low carbon’ homes, a school, a new neighbourhood centre, and a country park near the River Trent.

Cooling towers
The landmark concrete towers at Rugeley Power Station in the Midlands have dominated the skyline for 53 years.
The four Cooling towers at Rugeley Power Station
Crowds gathered to watch the demolition (Picture: PA)
Footage shows cooling towers destroyed
The controlled explosion lasted five seconds (Picture:SWNS)

The site is being redeveloped by the French energy firm that used to operate the power station, Engie.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, said the demolition would be part of its ‘build back greener’ agenda.

Ms Trevelyan said: ‘We are committed to building back greener from the pandemic and Engie’s low carbon regeneration project is a great initiative demonstrating how industrial sites can be revitalised to provide sustainable living.’

She added: ‘This innovative redevelopment will help breathe new life into the local community, providing new jobs, thousands of low carbon homes and a new school, while supporting our ambitious climate commitments.’

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