Glasgow & West Scotland

Gorbals flats reduced to rubble in seconds

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Media captionThe moment the tower blocks exploded and crashed to the ground

Two blocks of high-rise flats have been demolished in the latest phase of the regeneration of Glasgow's Gorbals area.

The 23-storey Norfolk Court tower blocks have housed more than 270 families since they were built in the early 1970s.

The demolition at lunchtime on Sunday saw 3,000 separate explosive charges reduce the flats to 20,000 tonnes of rubble in just 10 seconds.

About 200 new homes are to be built on the area in the future.

The decision to demolish the block was taken by Glasgow Housing Association in 2007 following consultation with the community.

GHA said about 500 people from the surrounding area were evacuated while the demolition was taking place.

It said the clear-up operation would take about four months and the rubble would be recycled.

Image caption About 500 people from the surrounding area were evacuated while the demolition was taking place

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