A 183-meter chimney was demolished with explosives this morning (January 24) and people described the bang as like a "thunderclap".
Rugeley Power Station chimney in Staffordshire was fitted with explosives for the dramatic demolition, as shown in a video of an action at around 8.30am.
As fire bursts out of the charges, the tower sags in on itself and slowly hurtles down in a vertical heap before a plume of smoke and dust engulfs the nearby road.
Sadly, people were not allowed to watch the explosion because of social distancing rules in place to the pandemic, but many people heard the bangs, Stoke Sentinel reports.
One nearby resident described hearing the demolition.
She said: "I live on the outskirts of Rugeley and I heard it. Sounded like the biggest clap of thunder."
Another witness joked: "Great alarm clock this morning!"
Other people were able to watch the landmark being toppled from their homes, with some saying it was a bittersweet moment because it was a part of local history.
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"Part of my childhood disappeared this morning…sad really," commented one.
A resident said they were able to feel the tremors, writing: "The 183m tall main chimney at Rugeley Power Station came down this morning.
"Could feel the shockwaves from here!"
Another excited spectator said: "Up early to watch the part demolition of Rugeley Power station, end of an era for the town!"
The power station was shut in 2016 and is being demolished to make way for hundreds of new homes, a new school and employment space as part of a redevelopment programme.
Four remaining concrete Cooling Towers will be demolished at a later date this year.
More than 2,300 new homes could be built on the site.
This comes after a chimney taller than Big Ben was blown up on the Thames to make for new developments in Dartford, Kent.
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