THREE historic power station towers were blown up with more than 180kg of explosives in a controlled blast yesterday.
Hundreds of residents of Didcot, Oxfordshire, set up camp in their gardens to watch the seconds-long demolition at 5am.
Many had been angered by the decision by RWE nPower to demolish the three southern towers of Didcot A power station in the early hours of the morning with 3,000 signing a petition to change the time.
But the energy firm said the timeslot between 3am and 5am had been chosen on health and safety grounds, due to 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.
Hundreds of locals are thought to have defied guidance to stay away from the site and watch the demolition via a webcam livestream.