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VIDEO: Explosion brings down monster Scottish tower block

21 Nov 11 A landmark tower block in Motherwell, Lanarkshire has been demolished in a controlled explosion.

Thousands of people watched the blow-down of the 17-storey Glencairn Tower in Motherwell yesterday.

About 100kg of explosives were used by contractor Technical Demolition Services, with support from Precision Demolition Company.

The tower block was built in the 1960s and makes way for new low-rise affordable housing.

Craig Wilson from Technical Demolition Services said a total of 64 charges were set-off during the demolition operation.

He added: "Undertaking a blow-down is a huge task and its success is all in the planning and co-operation of the contractor and the client."

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