Demolition Experts Take Down Didcot

Around 6am this morning a loud bang could be heard echoing around the power station as the rest of the building- that partially collapsed in February- came crashing down.

 

 

The search is now starting to find 3 men in the rubble whose bodies have never been found.

Demolition workers Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and Chris Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, were trapped under 20,000 tonnes of rubble when the structure unexpectedly crumbled on February 23.

A remote demolition brought down the remainder of the decommissioned site at around 6am on Sunday, in a unique operation that made use of remote-controlled robots.

The building - which was due for demolition when it partially collapsed - was too unstable to be approached and a 50-metre exclusion zone was set up around what was left of the building.

Plastic explosives attached to the structure were detonated and once the site is considered safe, teams will be deployed to resume searching the remnants of the plant for the first time since May.

Robots of a variety of sizes will carry out some of the work deemed to be too unsafe for humans, a number of which can be controlled remotely using a sophisticated camera set-up.

Roads and trains were halted in the surrounding area while the demolition took place.

 

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