The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers Over the weekend, an industrial-age legend was blown up — literally — in Sheffield, England. The Tinsley water cooling towers, two hourglass-shaped, 250-foot-tall structures, were built almost 70 years ago as part of a long-demolished power plant. Several local artists tried to convert the abandoned structures into art projects, but the lonely hulks were instead blown up by a company that is replacing them with a biomass power station. Thousands of people gathered to watch the towers blown up, and now you can see the tragic carnage too. The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers A spokesperson for E.ON, the company building the biomass power station to replace the Tinsley towers, told the UK Guardian:
One tower went down perfectly. The second only came down partially, a third [of it] was left standing - not exactly what we hoped for. There were rumours they hit the motorway. But when the dust cleared the Highways Agency said there was absolutely no debris on the [nearby M1] motorway. One of our teams chipped away at the concrete where it had become stuck and it finally came down at 5.30am.
The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers Photos by Christopher Furlong/Getty. Thousands Watch Fall of Tinsley Towers [UK Guardian]