380-Foot Tower in Germany Falls in Europe's Largest Controlled Blast

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Monday, 03 Feb 2014 10:24 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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In what was reported to be the largest controlled building demolition in Europe,  explosives took only seconds to bring down a 380-foot-tall tower in Frankfurt, Germany.

Experts used about 2,095 pounds of explosives to bring down the 41-year-old former university tower to make room for a new office tower, according to Sky News.

BBC News reported that some 30,000 people gathered around the site to view the demolition.

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Officials had originally planned to gradually take down the skyscraper high-rise building but decided the blast would placate residents objection that would have been a lengthy demolition creating a noisy environment, according to Sky News.

The public was excluded from a zone of roughly 273 yards around the tower and banned from entering streets near the structure from midnight before the explosion.

Controlled demolitions, or building implosions, have been around the United States for some time. The largest demolition of such in the United States happened when explosives took down the Sears Merchandise Center in 1994, according to ImplosionWorld.com.

In that job, some 12,000 pounds of explosives were used to bring down the 2.7 million square foot structure.

The tallest structure taken down by explosives in the United States was the Hudson Department Store in Detroit in 1998, per ImplosionWorld.com. The Hudson building stood 439 feet and 26 stories in the center of Detroit's economic district when it demolished.

A controlled demolition was also used by the Taliban in March 2001 when explosions destroyed the largest standing statue of Buddah, when it was taken down in Afghanistan, reported ImplosionWorld.com, stating it was the oldest structure ever imploded.

The Taliban took down the statue, that stood 175 feet, because the monument was seen as competing with Islam in the country, wrote ImplosionWorld.com. The statue, cut out of a standstone cliff, was thought to have been created near the age of Christ, stated the website.

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