Crowds and photographers gathered to watch three adjoining buildings being imploded in central Cape Town on January 22.
LV, SV & CUs Crowds and photographers assembled (4 shots)
LV PULL BACK TO GV Buildings to be demolished
GVs Crowd watches the buildings as countdown commences (2 shots)
CU Engineer pushes detonating button
GV Buildings implode, sending up great cloud of dust (2 shots)
LV Crowds run forward to view the rubble
TV & CU Pile of rubble (2 shots)
SV Bulldozers move in
LV & SV Workmen and bulldozers tidy up rubble (2 shots)
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Background: Crowds and photographers gathered to watch three adjoining buildings being imploded in central Cape Town on January 22. An implosion is the opposite if an explosion, causing the building, or structure, to collapse in on itself rather than blast outwards. The three buildings were demolished by British explosives expert Mike Perkin. His men used 350 time-delayed charges weighing only 15 kilograms (33 pounds). But last-minute changes had to be made to the planned demolition when it was discovered one of the buildings contained steel supports of a kind not yet encountered by Perkin and his team. When the implosion finally went ahead, all three buildings collapsed in ten seconds. Perkin described the "blowdown" or implosion as "most successful".