Out with a bang: German nuclear power station’s cooling towers demolished in spectacular explosion

Two cooling towers which were part of a former nuclear power station in Germany were demolished in a series of explosions on Thursday. 

The demolition, at the site of the Philippsburg power plant, near Karlsruhe, south-western Germany, took place just after 6am. 

The timing of the explosions was kept quiet to prevent crowds from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Stunning pictures and video show the moment of explosion and its immediate aftermath, with plumes of dust seen billowing into the air. 

The Philippsburg plant’s two reactors, run by German firm EnBW, were shut down in 2011 and 2019 as part of Germany’s plan to exit nuclear power.   

Two cooling towers which were part of a former nuclear power station in Germany were demolished in a series of explosions on Thursday

Two cooling towers which were part of a former nuclear power station in Germany were demolished in a series of explosions on Thursday

Two cooling towers which were part of a former nuclear power station in Germany were demolished in a series of explosions on Thursday

The demolition, at the site of the Philippsburg power plant, near Karlsruhe, south-western Germany, took place just after 6am

The demolition, at the site of the Philippsburg power plant, near Karlsruhe, south-western Germany, took place just after 6am

The demolition, at the site of the Philippsburg power plant, near Karlsruhe, south-western Germany, took place just after 6am

The timing of the explosions was kept quiet to prevent crowds from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic

The timing of the explosions was kept quiet to prevent crowds from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic

The timing of the explosions was kept quiet to prevent crowds from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic

he Philippsburg plant's two reactors, run by German firm EnBW, were shut down in 2011 and 2019 as part of Germany's plan to exit nuclear power

he Philippsburg plant's two reactors, run by German firm EnBW, were shut down in 2011 and 2019 as part of Germany's plan to exit nuclear power

he Philippsburg plant’s two reactors, run by German firm EnBW, were shut down in 2011 and 2019 as part of Germany’s plan to exit nuclear power

Stunning pictures and video show the moment of explosion and its immediate aftermath

Stunning pictures and video show the moment of explosion and its immediate aftermath

Stunning pictures and video show the moment of explosion and its immediate aftermath

Plumes of dust were seen billowing into the air after the explosions

Plumes of dust were seen billowing into the air after the explosions

Plumes of dust were seen billowing into the air after the explosions

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