Town's landmarks blown up

Last updated 08:31 28/07/2014

Explosives are used to demolish three disused cooling towers at a power station in England.

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Three towering chimneys dominated the Oxfordshire skyline in Britain for more than 40 years.

It took less than 10 seconds to change that.

Hundreds of people gathered in the dawn to watch the disused cooling towers at Didcot A power station brought down, despite officials telling them to stay away, the Guardian reported.

At 5am on Sunday (local time) two sirens sounded and then the towers collapsed to the sound of several loud explosions.

A number of people voiced disappointment at the early demolition, and a petition with more than 3000 signatures tried to get the timing changed, the Guardian reported. The company argued it was worried people would try and get too close to the demolition and that the dust could affect roads and a railway line.

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned last year, but the gas-fired Didcot B power station will continue operating.

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