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[July 26, 2014]
Didcot Power Station Set For Webcam Demolition
(Sky News (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Three 100m tall power station cooling towers are due to be demolished by more than 180kg of explosives.
The three southern towers at Didcot A in Oxfordshire are due to be brought down between 3-5am - angering locals who have complained that they wanted to watch the explosions.
Power company RWE npower chose the time for health and safety reasons and has asked residents to watch the landmarks disappear via a webcam. The town council has voiced its disappointment and a petition set up by Christine Reardon, 44, asking for the time to be changed, attracted more than 3,000 signatures.
Npower said it had consulted with organisations including the Health and Safety Executive, Network Rail, the Highways Agency, Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police.
A spokesman said experts considered the risk of people getting too close to the explosion, and the impact of the dust cloud on local roads and a nearby rail line before deciding the timing of the demolition.
He said: "Explosive demolition can be dangerous if not managed in a professional and co-ordinated manner; it is with this in mind that we would advise people not to attend the demolition.
"Explosive demolitions can also cause a cloud of dust which will travel in the direction of the wind, which can change at any time." (c) Sky News 2014
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