Chimney which dwarfs Big Ben explodes in dramatic demolition footage

This is the moment a chimney double the size of Big Ben is demolished by an explosion.

Littlebrook power station, situated next to the Thames in Dartford, Essex, was blown-up in front of a crowd of spectators at around 8am this morning.

The chimney, which stood at an impressive 215m, was given its marching orders after the site closed down in 2015 after being deemed no longer sustainable to run.

In a dramatic video taken from the scene, bricks burst out from roughly a third of the way up the tower as the charges were detonated.

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A plume of dust then shoots into the sky while the tower sinks into the ground and a deafening boom rings out over the estuary.

Sentimental locals said they would miss the iconic tower.

Talking about the chimney’s demise on Twitter, a local wrote: “We popped down to the river to see the chimney at Littlebrook power station being demolished this morning.

“Such a shame it’s gone as it was a Dartford icon but most impressive to see!”

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In a poetic tweet, another witness wrote: “Last of the river giants.

“Rupture, plume then boom as the Chimney of Littlebrook power station concertinas into history.”

Posting crying emojis, a distraught fan of the chimney wrote: “Littlebrook power station Dartford, gone in a blink of an eye.”

The chimney was part of the oil-fired power station known as Littlebrook D which began being built in 1976.

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Tony Mack, an engineer from Longfield, had threatened to chain himself to the chimney in a desperate bid to halt its destruction, Kent Online reports.

After the explosion, which was so loud some people compared it to a sonic boom, he told the title: "I'm absolutely gutted

“If there was anything I could have done I would have."

"Littlebrook was special, we won't get another like it.”

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