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  • 2 February 2014, 18:49

Frankfurt AfE Tower In Record Demolition

Tens of thousands of spectators have turned up to watch the demolition of a 116-metre (380-ft) skyscraper in Frankfurt.

The former university tower AfE came down in seconds in the largest controlled building demolition ever in Europe.

It required 950 kilogrammes of explosives to bring down the 41-year-old tower, the German newspaper Bild reported.

A 250m (273-yard) exclusion zone was set up around the tower before the explosion, and people were banned from entering the surrounding streets from midnight.

The high-rise building was originally going to be demolished gradually, but authorities decided to blast it after residents objected to lengthy and noisy demolition work.

Two new office towers will be built on the site.

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