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Didcot Power Station Gets Webcam Demolition
Three 100m tall power station cooling towers have been demolished by more than 180kg of explosives.
The three southern towers at Didcot A in Oxfordshire were brought down just before 5am - angering locals who complained that they wanted to watch the explosions.
Power company RWE npower chose the time for health and safety reasons and asked residents to watch the landmarks disappear via a webcam.
The town council had voiced its disappointment and a petition set up by Christine Reardon, 44, asking for the time to be changed, attracted more than 3,000 signatures.
Npower said it had consulted with organisations including the Health and Safety Executive, Network Rail, the Highways Agency, Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police.
A spokesman said experts considered the risk of people getting too close to the explosion, and the impact of the dust cloud on local roads and a nearby rail line before deciding the timing of the demolition.