Six high rises residential housing building in Glasgow, Scotland were demolished recently with several thousand pounds of explosives, but, just like a championship boxer, a couple of them refused to go down.
The Red Road flats, built in the 1960’s and, at the point, among the tallest buildings in Glasgow, was originally comprised of 8 total buildings. The first of the 8 towers to be demolished was in 2012 and the second came shortly after in 2013. Over the past few decades, the flats had deteriorated and had become a hotbed of crime and drug use.
After two of the towers did not completely crumble in the demolition, the Glasgow Housing Association apologized to nearby residents and announced an official review would take place. One building that remained standing left 11 stories to be demolished and the other left 13 stories. Officials believe the clean up after the demolitions will take an additional two years to complete.
Red Road Flats Demolition Video
The first video below, uploaded by Green hand gang, has some NSFW language at the 9 second mark, so beware.
Slow Motion View
This second video, uploaded by Press Association, shows a different view of the demolition in slow motion
2012 Red Road Flat Demolition
The video below, by westendpoet, shows the first building of the Red Road Flats that was demolished in 2012.
2013 Red Road Flat Demolition
This final video, by VideoVulcan, shows the 2013 demolition of the second Red Road flats high rise.
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