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.