Video: Glasgow tower block demolished in 5 seconds

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A 25-storey block of flats in the north of Glasgow has been demolished by a controlled explosion.

The Glasgow Housing Association block on Rosemount Street, in the Roystonhill area, was reduced to 10,000 tonnes of rubble in just five seconds. About 40kg of explosives were used to bring the 1960s building down yesterday. The area will now be cleared and work on 100 replacement homes will begin next summer as part of a plan to regenerate the north of Glasgow.

Picture: Young Media

Picture: Young Media

A decision was taken to demolish the block following a decline in popularity as well as high running costs. Alex McGuire, director of property for Wheatley Group, the GHA’s parent company, said: “This is one part of a new beginning for the north of Glasgow. These flats were home to hundreds of families since 1968, but their time had come to an end.”