Multiple charges around its perimeter ensured that the tower—which was only about 200 feet shy of London’s Shard—crumpled in a nearly vertical fall, with a cigar-shaped plume of dust and smoke rocketing out of its orifice. It’s the tallest concrete structure to undergo demolition in the U.K., according to The Telegraph. Cheers from the gathered crowd attested to the momentousness of the occasion.
The oil-fired facility was one of the latest victims of the Large Combustion Plant Directive, an E.U.-led effort to reduce acid rain, smog, and ozone from older power plants. Here’s another angle of the razing: