Start of Greyfriars demolition
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Northampton Greyfriars bus station demolished

A series of sharp bangs, a dramatic pause... and then the collapse.

The Greyfriars bus station in Northampton, dubbed "like a great big mouth of hell" by TV presenter Kevin McCloud, has taken its final gasp as more than 2,000 individual explosive charges were used to "initiate a collapse" at about 09:40 GMT, reducing it to rubble in seconds.

David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said the demolition, which cost more than £4m "has removed an expensive eyesore from Northampton".

Retail and leisure schemes are now being considered for the site.

Video: BBC/Corrine West

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