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Demolition of four cooling towers at a record-breaking power station

Demolition of four cooling towers at a record-breaking power station

Thousands of spectators gathered in the rain as four cooling towers at an iconic power station were today (Sun) demolished. A controlled explosion brought down the disused towers - each standing at 375ft high - in just 45 seconds when it was detonated shortly after 10.30am this morning.Approximately 140 homes were evacuated and a 300-metre exclusion zone was set up around the site of the Ferrybridge Power Station, near Knottingley, West Yorks. There were cheers and gasps as the four towers - which have stood for over 50 years - fell to the ground.Shelly Thornton, who lives on nearby Pollard's Fields, had been evacuated from her home and secured a prime viewing spot.She said: "Last time when the single one came down we were watching through the window."It was incredibly scary, my hair blew back.

When we came downstairs all my pictures were askew on the wall and all my china in my cabinet had sort of juttered round."So I spent last night bubble wrapping, the big stuff on the sofa."Many people took to Twitter to share their sadness after the cooling towers were demolished in a dramatic blowdown event which marked the "end of an era". @Redpeter99 wrote: "Anyone who was not moved by the sight of #Ferrybridge power station at full pelt from the A1 or M62 isn't a real Northerner. "Sad news for traditionalists, good news for the planet."@lisasykes36 added: "Just watched a video of 4 of the Ferrybridge cooling towers being blown up, quite sad to see as these were major landmarks, we used to play games whoever saw them first when coming back from trips away, you knew when you saw them you were nearly home."@Brompton_Will said: "Cooling towers at Ferrybridge now gone, my one hour to home landmark when going up the A1.

Can't say I'll miss them."Ferrybridge C Power Station, as the site is officially known, ceased operation in 2016 after running for more than 50 years. One of its eight cooling towers was successfully demolished in July this year and today saw four more reduced to rubble. Plans are in place to clear the site by 2021 but the final three towers are being retained in case a decision is taken to use the ground for a new gas-fired power station. The site opened in 1966 and became the first power station in Europe to succeed in generating electricity from a 500-megawatt machine.Situated on the River Aire, it was the third coal-fired power station to be built on the site since 1924.At peak capacity, it generated enough electricity to power two million homes and employed 900 workers.In 1973, one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours.Its eight giant cooling towers were part of the coal-fired station, which generated electricity from 1966 until 2016.Ferrybridge C with four units totalling 2,000MW had the largest capacity of any power station in Europe, said owners SSE.SSE decided to shut down the coal-fired power station as it was believed to have no longer been economical.The closure of the plant is part of the SSE's transition to low-carbon energy, with the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, situated 13km off the Caithness Coast in Scotland, opening on July 29.

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Demolition of four cooling towers at a record-breaking power station

Thousands of spectators gathered in the rain as four cooling towers at an iconic power station were today (Sun) demolished. A controlled explosion brought down the disused towers - each standing at 375ft high - in just 45 seconds when it was detonated shortly after 10.30am this morning.Approximately 140 homes were evacuated and a 300-metre exclusion zone was set up around the site of the Ferrybridge Power Station, near Knottingley, West Yorks. There were cheers and gasps as the four towers - which have stood for over 50 years - fell to the ground.Shelly Thornton, who lives on nearby Pollard's Fields, had been evacuated from her home and secured a prime viewing spot.She said: "Last time when the single one came down we were watching through the window."It was incredibly scary, my hair blew back.

When we came downstairs all my pictures were askew on the wall and all my china in my cabinet had sort of juttered round."So I spent last night bubble wrapping, the big stuff on the sofa."Many people took to Twitter to share their sadness after the cooling towers were demolished in a dramatic blowdown event which marked the "end of an era". @Redpeter99 wrote: "Anyone who was not moved by the sight of #Ferrybridge power station at full pelt from the A1 or M62 isn't a real Northerner. "Sad news for traditionalists, good news for the planet."@lisasykes36 added: "Just watched a video of 4 of the Ferrybridge cooling towers being blown up, quite sad to see as these were major landmarks, we used to play games whoever saw them first when coming back from trips away, you knew when you saw them you were nearly home."@Brompton_Will said: "Cooling towers at Ferrybridge now gone, my one hour to home landmark when going up the A1.

Can't say I'll miss them."Ferrybridge C Power Station, as the site is officially known, ceased operation in 2016 after running for more than 50 years. One of its eight cooling towers was successfully demolished in July this year and today saw four more reduced to rubble. Plans are in place to clear the site by 2021 but the final three towers are being retained in case a decision is taken to use the ground for a new gas-fired power station. The site opened in 1966 and became the first power station in Europe to succeed in generating electricity from a 500-megawatt machine.Situated on the River Aire, it was the third coal-fired power station to be built on the site since 1924.At peak capacity, it generated enough electricity to power two million homes and employed 900 workers.In 1973, one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours.Its eight giant cooling towers were part of the coal-fired station, which generated electricity from 1966 until 2016.Ferrybridge C with four units totalling 2,000MW had the largest capacity of any power station in Europe, said owners SSE.SSE decided to shut down the coal-fired power station as it was believed to have no longer been economical.The closure of the plant is part of the SSE's transition to low-carbon energy, with the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, situated 13km off the Caithness Coast in Scotland, opening on July 29.




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