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Watch: Didcot Power Station cooling towers demolished

The three southern cooling towers of Didcot A Power Station were demolished in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The explosive demolition was carried out by Birmingham-based specialist Coleman and Company for client RWE nPower and was streamed live online.

In total, more than 180 kg of explosive was used to bring the towers down, packed into approximately 7,500 holes drilled into the three cooling towers.

Each tower was 99 m (375 ft) tall, with the three towers together containing around 36,000 tonnes of concrete and steel.

Robinson & Birdsell was the explosives subcontractor for the demolition.

The legs and a ring of concrete above on the southernmost tower remained standing after the explosion. A representative of Coleman and Company said this was “not a problem”, with high-reach machines set to complete to job.

The towers came down at 5.01am, towards the end of the two-hour window announced to the public ahead of the demolition.

Hundreds of residents watched nearby despite warnings to stay away from local authorities.

Road closures were in place, with the contractor also taking possession of the Great Western Main Line from Network Rail which runs close to the towers.

The rest of the Didcot A site will be demolished by Coleman and Company over the next two years, with three more cooling towers to the north to come down, as well as a 200 m-tall (650 ft) chimney and a large turbine hall.

Construction on the coal-fired power station was completed in 1968. It ceased operation in March 2013.

Demolition of the whole site is due to be completed by September 2016.

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