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Demolition director thanks all involved

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Come on lads we need to go to sleep now #DidcotDemolition # show offs ...but rightly proud. Well done http://t.co/knIdr062v1

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Mark Coleman, managing director of the specialist demolition firm Coleman and Company, also said it had been a job well done. He then thanked all the locals and hoped everyone enjoyed it.

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Tweeting for Didcot: Demolition of the cooling towers

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Didcot Power Station no more,growing up outside Didcot always knew you were nearly home when you saw the Towers #SadTimes #DidcotDemolition

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In mourning over Didcot A's cooling towers. The ugly construction obsession continues.

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@colemanandco can I press the button when it's time for didcot b to go?

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Gone in a flash. Didcot power station's massive chimneys come tumbling down

In a cloud of smoke and with a thunderous blast three historic towers were demolished today after dominating the Thames Valley's skyline for more than four decades.

The three southern towers of Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire were brought down by nearly 400lbs (180kg) of explosives in a matter of seconds. Hundreds of local residents were up all night to get the best vantage point to see the towers come tumbling down

The decision to demolish the towers in the early hours of the morning angered some locals, with a petition to change the timing gaining more than 3,000 signatures. Didcot town council had also expressed its disappointment but npower said the timeslot between 3am and 5am had been chosen for safety reasons, taking into account 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.

Warning sirens were sounded 15 and then 10 minutes before the explosion at 5am. During the build-up to the explosion #DidcotDemolition was trending on Twitter, and one Oxfordshire resident said: "This has gotta be Didcot's most momentous occasion since we won the FA vase".

The coal-fired power station ceased generating in March last year after dominating the skyline around the town since 1970, with the neighbouring gas-fired Didcot B continuing. The towers' appearance was not universally appreciated with many people finding them an eyesore. Whtaever your point of view, the journey along the A34 will never look the same.

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