Cockenzie Power Station structures fall bang on schedule

Demolition begins at Cockenzie Power Station

Demolition begins at Cockenzie Power Station

Those who saw it go up were there to see it come down, as large-scale demolition work got under way at Cockenzie Power Station this week.

Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Greenhills on Tuesday afternoon to witness the toppling of two steel structures by controlled explosion.

The dog walkers and amateur photographers were joined by those with a more personal attachment to the plant - including some who watched it being built, some who worked there and one man who proposed to his wife as they gazed at the chimneys from Longniddry Bents.

Having stood on the site for more than four decades the precipitator structures, each weighing 300 tonnes, were razed to the ground in a matter of seconds, leaving a massive plume of dust and smoke in their wake.

After a five-second warning siren, the first of two explosions was detonated bang on schedule, at 2pm precisely.

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