Germany: 32-story AfE Tower comes down in Europe’s largest controlled demolition

February 5, 2014

Did you know?, International

Germany: 32-story AfE Tower comes down in Europe’s largest controlled demolition
The largest controlled demolition in Europe’s history took place in Frankfurt, Germany

AfE Tower

Sky News

Tens of thousands of spectators have turned up to watch the demolition of a 116-metre (380-ft) skyscraper in Frankfurt.

The former university tower AfE came down in seconds in the largest controlled building demolition ever in Europe.

It required 950 kilogrammes (2094.39 pounds) of explosives to bring down the 41-year-old tower, the German newspaper Bild reported.

A 250m (273-yard) exclusion zone was set up around the tower before the explosion, and people were banned from entering the surrounding streets from midnight.

The high-rise building was originally going to be demolished gradually, but authorities decided to blast it after residents objected to lengthy and noisy demolition work.

Two new office towers will be built on the site.

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Video: Record demolition- Biggest skyscraper in Frankfurt torn down by controlled implosion

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Video: Frankfurt AfE Tower comes down

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Video: Frankfurt AfE Tower demolition

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