Flats in Glasgow are demolished, but they’re just as hard as the city’s people

People from Glasgow are traditionally known for being particularly resilient – and it seems that the same goes for their buildings too.

The city’s Red Road tower blocks were brought down by a controlled explosion in just seven seconds – but all didn’t quite go to plan.

While some of the blocks appeared to effortlessly collapse like a pack of cards, others seemed a little bit more sturdy – proving that Glasgow’s buildings are just as hard as its people.

The flats, which were designed to hold 4,700 people, opened in 1969 and were the highest in Europe at 292ft.

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Flats in Glasgow are demolished, but they're just as hard as the city's people
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 11: The last remaining Red Road flats are demolished in a controlled explosion on October 11, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. The 1960s blocks were once the tallest residential blocks in Europe and were initially hailed as a welcome solution to Glasgows overcrowded slums. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 11: The last remaining Red Road flats are demolished in a controlled explosion on October 11, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. The 1960s blocks were once the tallest residential blocks in Europe and were initially hailed as a welcome solution to Glasgows overcrowded slums. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GONE! (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The first of the blocks was demolished in 2012, and a second followed in 2013.

Posting on Twitter, local residents described the demolition as the ‘end of an era.’

It was originally hoped that the demolition of the flats would feature in the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 – but the plans were scrapped due to safety fears.

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11 October 2015 | 4:12 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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