LiveBlog: Follow our coverage this morning of the demolition of the towers at Didcot Power Station + Watch the demolition + Audio interviews

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Summary

  • The three cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station were demolished this morning, at 5am. It was a little later than expected but the detonation, caught on video in this blog, went pretty much to plan, RWE Generation executives said.
  • The cooling towers were demolished following the de-commissioning of the coal-fired power station last year.
  • Thousands of people ignored warnings and found vantage spots to watch the iconic towers, which have dominated the Didcot skyline across six decades, come down.
  • A plume of dust rose over the site but there have been no reports of it causing problems to either the spectators or the transport links.
  • There had been concerns about the time of the demolition making it too dark for spectators, but the slight delays meant there was enough light.
  • The lower part of one of the towers was not demolished, but RWE chief commercial officer Alan Robinson said this was not a major issue and it would be swept away by the contractors.
  • The three sister cooling towers at Didcot B were not demolished as that power station - which is gas-fired rather than coal-fired - is still operating.
  • Read through our blog below, as it captured the lead up and the demolition, and watch our video of the final moments of the towers. There are also pictures, audio interviews and tweets as Oxfordshire bade farewell to the cooling towers of Didcot A

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3:27am Sun 27 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

Rest In Peace to our gigantic beautiful friends, like all of our lives, it must come to an end. Just a push of a button, and down you will come, but this is a victory, just for some. We loved you and the place, you held in our hearts, and in just a few seconds, you'll be reduced to parts. And in the time that I now, take to ponder, I will miss you my dear, when I look a Yonder.

RIP DIDCOT. Progress?????
Rest In Peace to our gigantic beautiful friends, like all of our lives, it must come to an end. Just a push of a button, and down you will come, but this is a victory, just for some. We loved you and the place, you held in our hearts, and in just a few seconds, you'll be reduced to parts. And in the time that I now, take to ponder, I will miss you my dear, when I look a Yonder. RIP DIDCOT. Progress????? The New Private Eye
  • Score: 8

4:06am Sun 27 Jul 14

Sakky Rat says...

So completely gutted that I cannot be there to see the Towers that have been taken for grated by myself and many others fall from grace...
So many happy memories, of being with my Mother and Father on return trips, to see your magnificence, as a child.
I will miss the safe feeling of 'home' that you surrounded me with.
The end of an era.
With you I fall...
So completely gutted that I cannot be there to see the Towers that have been taken for grated by myself and many others fall from grace... So many happy memories, of being with my Mother and Father on return trips, to see your magnificence, as a child. I will miss the safe feeling of 'home' that you surrounded me with. The end of an era. With you I fall... Sakky Rat
  • Score: 5

4:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

CtrlAltTab says...

The Coleman Co video stream is not working again, this whole thing is a total embarrassment to those who have dealt with it.
The Coleman Co video stream is not working again, this whole thing is a total embarrassment to those who have dealt with it. CtrlAltTab
  • Score: 3

4:45am Sun 27 Jul 14

CtrlAltTab says...

CtrlAltTab wrote:
The Coleman Co video stream is not working again, this whole thing is a total embarrassment to those who have dealt with it.
Started working fine, then its just crashed max user connections!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]CtrlAltTab[/bold] wrote: The Coleman Co video stream is not working again, this whole thing is a total embarrassment to those who have dealt with it.[/p][/quote]Started working fine, then its just crashed max user connections!!!!!! CtrlAltTab
  • Score: 4

5:10am Sun 27 Jul 14

OxonResident says...

Watching online, thankfully the feed did come back online for the actual demolition bit. Had my bedroom window open, felt and heard a slight rumble here on Lodge Hill in North Abingdon a few seconds after the towers went down. Doubt I would have noticed the sound this far away if I hadn't been looking out for it though.
Watching online, thankfully the feed did come back online for the actual demolition bit. Had my bedroom window open, felt and heard a slight rumble here on Lodge Hill in North Abingdon a few seconds after the towers went down. Doubt I would have noticed the sound this far away if I hadn't been looking out for it though. OxonResident
  • Score: 2

10:45am Sun 27 Jul 14

jochta says...

BTW in your introduction there is an error in the comment about the other three large cooling towers. These three northern cooling towers will be demolished next year, probably not by explosives. They are part of Didcot A. The cooling towers of Didcot B are mostly underground, of a different type and are barely visible.
BTW in your introduction there is an error in the comment about the other three large cooling towers. These three northern cooling towers will be demolished next year, probably not by explosives. They are part of Didcot A. The cooling towers of Didcot B are mostly underground, of a different type and are barely visible. jochta
  • Score: 6

8:25pm Sun 27 Jul 14

mytaxes says...

Thanks for a great vid!
Thanks for a great vid! mytaxes
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

DaveyLC says...

Me and a friend got the opportunity to film the demolition from the sky & the ground, we have been waiting for this event in great anticipation and we were thrilled that they held off demolishing the tower until just before sun-rise.

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Me and a friend got the opportunity to film the demolition from the sky & the ground, we have been waiting for this event in great anticipation and we were thrilled that they held off demolishing the tower until just before sun-rise. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=2lksoLwJ0 18 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=q3W3Bphyd O0 DaveyLC
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

jkg says...

"The three sister cooling towers at Didcot B were not demolished as that power station - which is gas-fired rather than coal-fired - is still operating" is not I think correct.
The three north towers are part of Didcot A but are much closer to the CCGT Didcot B that has its own cooling system (wastes much less heat).
"The three sister cooling towers at Didcot B were not demolished as that power station - which is gas-fired rather than coal-fired - is still operating" is not I think correct. The three north towers are part of Didcot A but are much closer to the CCGT Didcot B that has its own cooling system (wastes much less heat). jkg
  • Score: 0

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