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Thousands of people turned out to watch the end of an era for Leicester, as explosives ripped through one of the city's most controversial buildings.
After 40 years dominating the city's skyline, it took just 13 seconds for Leicester City Council's former headquarters in New Walk to be razed to the ground.
We spoke to people after the dramatic demolition, some sad to see the towers go, most happy to see them turned to dust!
The newly built New Walk Centre was controversially bought by Leicester City Council in 1975 for £5million, nearing the end of a two year recession and during a period of high inflation, attracting much public criticism.
One of the building's biggest denouncers was then Professor of History at Leicester University Jack Simmons - who hated it as a piece of architecture.
In an extraordinarily prescient prediction of today's demolition - he told our cameras the people of the 21st century would very much regret the 1970s concrete tower blocks of the past.
He died in 2000, but judging by the clip above, today would have been a sight he'd have loved to see.
A viewer has sent in an incredible high-rise view of the New Walk Centre's collapse in Leicester this morning.
Dean Amory's video shows the demolition from a different angle, including how the larger building falls inwards from the centre, followed shortly after by the smaller block.
After months of planning Leicester's New Walk Centre has been razed to the ground in a controlled explosion.
The 40 year old buildings were reduced to rubble shortly after 10am this morning as part of a 'controlled collapse' within the site's own footprint. We'd like to see your pictures of the towers coming down - email them to firstname.lastname@example.org using the #DemolitonDay.
This video shows the onlooking crowd watch as the 40-year-old New Walk Centre towers collapse in a matter of seconds.
As the buildings fall, dust rises up and along the streets of Leicester city centre.
The overall clean up at is expected to last until May, but the demolition team hope to have all the dust cleared from the surrounding area by 6pm this evening.
Leicester's New Walk Centre has been successfully demolished in a controlled collapse.
Charges were placed throughout the building which has now disappeared from the city's skyline forever. Send us your pictures and video to email@example.com - or tweet us @ITVCentral using the hashtag #DemolitionDay.
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Tweet us your pictures using the hashtag #DemolitionDay, as the New Walk Centre in Leicester disappears from the city's skyline forever.