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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2007, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
Nuclear cooling towers demolished
Chapelcross (pic by Neil Burns)

The landmark cooling towers at Chapelcross nuclear power station have been demolished by controlled explosion.

The four 300ft stacks were brought down at 0900 BST on Sunday.

Their demolition is part of the decommissioning process at the plant, near Annan in Dumfriesshire, which has dominated the skyline since 1959.

The towers were brought down in 10 seconds, generating an estimated 25,000 tonnes of rubble.

British Nuclear Group installed a webcam at the site so internet users could witness the towers' collapse live. The company also intends to make a DVD available.

A 200-metre exclusion zone was enforced around the site and police road closures were also put in place from 0700 BST until 1030 BST.

Thousands of spectators turned out to witness the event.

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