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Yorkshire-based contractor Controlled Demolition Group used 35kg of explosives and 1,000 non-electrical detonating charges to demolish a 16-storey Edinburgh tower block last weekend. One of the city's main sewers runs below the building and so this had to be protected with metal plates. A nearby brook was also covered over to prevent water pollution. It took just three seconds to reduce the block to rubble. The demolition was part of a £10M plan to regenerate a deprived area of the city. More than 90 new homes will be built on the cleared site.

Demolition of two further towers next year will make space for another 80 homes.

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