The Implosion of an 870ft Chimney in Pictures



Image: Torsten Bätge

With carefully placed explosive charges, towering structures such as chimneys can quickly come tumbling down in clouds of dust and smoke, rubble crashing in heaps on the ground.

This sequence of photographs shows the 265-meter (870ft) HEW-Kraftwerks chimney (HEW) crashing down to earth in 2004. The tallest structure in Hamburg-Moorburg was brought to its knees in seconds. How is this done? Scroll down through these incredible images to find out.


Image: Torsten Bätge

The HEW power plant was scheduled to have both its chimney and the boiler houses (seen on either side of the chimney) demolished. Fire crews sprayed the ground to dampen it in advance in an attempt to keep the dust under some control.

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