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Watch as silo demolition goes wrong in Denmark, crushing cultural centre

No one injured when 53-metre high silo fell the wrong way, but library and music school crushed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 April, 2018, 10:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 April, 2018, 10:19am

A Danish cultural centre has been damaged after a 53-metre high silo fell the wrong way while being demolished.

In video of the explosion in the town of Vordingborg, onlookers cheer the detonation, but then watch in astonishment as the tower crushed the waterfront library and music school.

No one was injured in the accident.

Denmark’s explosives association said preparations for the demolition seemed to be correct, Danish newspaper BT reported.

An investigation is under way into what caused the operation to go wrong.

The Vordingborg local government said volunteer firefighters worked through the night to help secure the cultural centre.

The library said though books and everything else were covered in dust, there was little structural damage to the interior.

In the explosives industry, a building that does not go down in the way it was supposed to is known as a “standup”.

In Glasgow, Scotland in October 2015, thousands gathered to watch as the six remaining tower blocks of the historic Red Road flats were razed to the ground.

As the dust settled and the two-year clear-up was pondered, it became clear. Two were still partially standing.