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Old 09-08-2016, 03:53 AM
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Demolition of Grain Power Station's 244m (801ft) Chimney

UK, The 801ft chimney - two-and-a-half times the size of Big Ben - plummeted towards the ground at 11am today in a massive cloud of dust as hundreds watched from the sidelines.

Around 40,000 tonnes of concrete came crashing down in the Hoo Peninsula, Kent, 37 years after it was built.

EU directives on carbon emissions due to climate change led to the demise of the oil-fired plant, although energy will still be produced from the site from a new gas-fired station.

Watching before the explosion John Ward, 74, who worked at the power station for two years said: "I did all the form work - the bit you can see on the outside of the chimney.

"There's three or four of us who worked on it who are still around in the Medway Towns so I'd really like to see it and I wouldn't mind pushing the button."

Justin Bennett, who filmed the chimney as it came falling down, said: "There it goes.

"That's the first explosion and now the second one.

"It was very successful.

"They are doing another one a few miles away later this year.

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"It wasn't incredibly loud but what you'd expect. It was loud enough to be heard from a lot of other places."

Former plant manager Bill Cliff said: "It is tinged with sadness but it is also a celebration for former workers."

At 10.50 a 10-minute warning siren sounded and a second siren was blasted for 20 seconds at 10.59 before watchers waited in silence for the explosion.

head of the explosion head of demolition Neil Riley said: "There will be two major explosions on the chimney the first one in the middle and another in the base.

"The chimney should faint rather than fall.

"We've worked very hard and we've got a great team of people, many people are sad to see it go."


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Old 09-08-2016, 04:13 AM
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wow....they did an even better job of that than the amateurs who did the world trade centre towers

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Good to see cleaner technology being implemented.

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And Santa Claus cried!

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