Gone in 15 seconds! Two tower blocks of 20 floors are blown to rubble in a controlled explosion after they are built & illegally and have been empty for nine years & # 39; in China
- The unfinished skyscrapers were destroyed in 1.1 km of dynamite in China
- They were & # 39; illegal & # 39; built by the village with the help of collected funds before the project was stopped in 2010
- Workers dug ditches around the site to reduce the impact before the towers went down one slope after the other
- There are many illegal buildings in China, a phenomenon that has given the authorities a headache
Two illegal tower blocks in China were demolished yesterday in an impressive controlled explosion of 1.1 tons of dynamite.
The tall buildings, both unfinished and 20 storeys, were blown up in a city center within 15 seconds after being left untouched for nine years, according to a local newspaper.
There are countless illegal buildings like this one in China, a phenomenon that has given the authorities in the rapidly urbanized country a lot of headaches.
It has begun: the first building begins to collapse during a controlled demolition with 1.1 tonnes of dynamite in China
Quick disappearance: the two buildings in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, were considered illegal by the authorities
Structures can be considered illegal by the Chinese authorities if developers place them on plots of land without violating building permits or rules during the building process.
The controlled explosion took place yesterday afternoon near a busy intersection in the city of Zhengzhou, the central province of Henan in China.
The two towers, eight meters apart, were built by residents of Changzhai village through raised funds, reported by local authorities Dahe Newspaper.
Reduced to rubble: they descend one after the other after experts have carefully planned the explosion
Where's the mask? The demolition of 15 seconds causes a dust storm in the center of the city where a high-end complex will be built
The ground was broken in 2006 and the most important part of the construction was completed in 2010, the report said.
Shortly thereafter, the authorities ordered the project to be stopped, but the report did not explain why the structures were considered illegal.
Zhengzhou city planners said on Wednesday that the buildings were destined for demolition to make way for a new government-initiated project.
# This explosion has the largest amount of dynamites used in the residential projects in Zhengzhou. (The amount) was seven times more than what we used to blow up rocks, & Fang Guifu, chief engineer of the demolition project, told Dahe.
Blink you miss it! The dust rises quickly into the air before being subjected to a fog ejected by eight huge guns
Aftermath: the government plans to build a high-end residential complex, luxury hotels and huge shopping centers here
Before the explosion, workers drilled 7,263 holes on the structures before embedding 1,176 tons of dynamite, 9,160 igniters and 3,500 meters (2.1 miles) of ignition fuses. They have also dug ditches around the site to reduce the impact on nearby buildings.
The two towers were quickly brought down one after the other.
Fog cannons were on site to reduce air pollution.
Dust control: authorities sent eight cannons to blow fog into the air to improve air quality after the explosion (file photo)
With large water at the rear, those dust-controlling machines are often used in the fight against smog in China.
Yesterday, a fleet of eight of them blasted fog in the air to spread the dust on busy streets immediately after the explosion.
The government of Zhengzhou is planning to build a high-end residential complex, luxury hotels, and large shopping centers in the area.
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