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Controlled Explosion Brings Down Cooling Tower in Germany

A cooling tower at a coal-fired power plant that shut down in 2017 was destroyed with a controlled explosion in Voerde, northwest Germany, on Sunday, December 3.

According to local reports, the 165-meter structure collapsed as scheduled just after 11 am as a temporary evacuation was declared for nearby residents.

Footage here, recorded by Jan Schroth, shows the moment the massive concrete structure collapsed. Credit: Jan Schroth via Storyful

Video transcript

[HORN BLARING]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[EXPLOSION]

[RUMBLING CRASH]

[HORN BLARING]

[HORN BLARING]

[HORN BLARING]