Birmingham & Black Country

Normansell Tower 'eyesore' in Aston demolished

Homes in Birmingham have been evacuated for safety reasons in order for a derelict tower block described as an "eyesore" to be demolished.

The 18-storey Normansell Tower on Waterworks Street, Aston, was blown up using explosives at 10:00 BST.

More than 80 homes within 160m of the site were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Earlier Birmingham City Council said the building had been derelict for five years and had become an eyesore.

Dave Samrai, from the council, said: "There are no firm proposals for the 21,527 sq ft site at present, but it will become part of a wider development of the area."

Earlier, Billy Young, from DSM Demolition, the firm contracted by the council, said: "The building will fall in approximately four and a half seconds but take a further eight weeks to clear the rubble."

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