Picture Special: The moment three 22-storey blocks are demolished in just five seconds with 180 kilos of explosive

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Three multi-storey blocks of flats in the south of Glasgow have been demolished in a controlled explosion to make way for a £5million regeneration in the area.

The 22-storey high-rise buildings at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald were brought down by 6,000 individual charges and 180kg of explosives.

Around 340 neighbouring properties had to be temporarily evacuated to allow the flats to be safely demolished. Several cars were left covered in dust from the blast.

The flats had been the scene of several police drug raids and even a murder. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS
The flats had become expensive and difficult to let for the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and were unpopular with residents. They had been the scene of several police drug raids and even a murder
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More than 6,000 individual charges and 180 kilos of explosive were used to bring down the three old apartment blocks. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS
More than 6,000 individual charges and 180 kilos of explosive were used to bring down the three old apartment blocks
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The blast was so strong that around 340 neighbouring properties had to be temporarily evacuated to allow the three blocks - each 60 metres tall - to be safely demolished. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS
The blast was so strong that around 340 neighbouring properties had to be temporarily evacuated to allow the three blocks – each 60 metres tall – to be safely demolished
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Only three out of the four blocks were brought down by a controlled explosion. One block remains in place and will be mechanically dismantled due to its proximity to other properties. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS
The high rise blocks of flats had lain empty for the past year and were demolished as part of a £5million regeneration in the area
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
The blocks were built as far back as 1964 and any further work to repair the deteriorating interiors was deemed too expensive
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Every tenant from the blocks has been re-housed in new or upgraded homes elsewhere in the south of the city
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Alex McGuire, director of property for Glasgow Housing Association’s parent company Wheatley Group, said the demolition would make a ‘massive difference’ to the lives of the tenets and the neighbourhood 
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Only three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion. The last block will be mechanically dismantled using an ultra high-reach machine due to its close proximity to nearby homes
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
The bottom six storeys of each of the three blocks will be demolished later using machinery
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
A thick cloud of dust covered nearby houses and cars
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
The three old apartment blocks were brought down in just five seconds
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. Locals turned out to watch, and record the event (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Spectators gathered to watch and record the jaw-dropping explosion
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. Locals turned out to watch, and record the event (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Neighbors, young and old, were at the scene to witness the demolition 
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. Assembled press and media await the blast (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Assembled press and media await the blast
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Spectators were warned not to stray too close to the blast-site 
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The demolition of the tower blocks at Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, Glasgow, took place on Sunday morning. Three of the four blocks were brought down by controlled explosion, with one block remaining to be mechanically dismantled. IN PIC................. A former resident (No name given) in tears after the demolition of her former home.  (c) Wullie Marr/DEADLINE NEWS For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Some former residents were saddened by the loss of their former home
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