Thousands of people watched Leicester's skyline change forever this morning as two council office blocks were dramatically demolished.
It took just 13 seconds for the former headquarters of the city council to be razed to the ground, as Jane Hesketh reports.
This video shows the dramatic destruction of Leicester City Council's former headquarters in New Walk from four different angles.
Thousands of people turned out to watch the 13 and eight storey towers turn to rubble in just 13 seconds this morning.
The 40 year old buildings were declared structurally unsafe in 2010, and the prime city centre site will now be redeveloped.
When Leicester City Council bought the newly built New Walk Centre in 1975 for £5million, there was public outcry in the city.
The country was just emerging from a deep two year recession, and inflation was soaring. A newspaper poll found 97% of people in the city were against the council spending the money on its new lavish home.
Reporting for ATV, Bob Warman asked people whether they thought the modern massive building was a masterpiece or a monstrosity.
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- Both the towers were demolished in 13 seconds.
- Seven cameras (including a drone) recorded the demolition.
- 25 Police officers were on site and the police helicopter was also in use.
- It will take between 3 and 4 months to clear the site ready for developers to take over.
These eerie photographs were sent in by Leigh Spencer, who filmed this morning's blast from Leicester's Pocklingtons Walk.
As a bit of fun we've reversed this morning's dramatic demolition - so you can watch Leicester's New Walk Centre rise from the rubble!