One way of getting rid of an old church is to blow it up with dynamite.
GV. Village and church
GROUND V. Church
SV. Bell ringing
SV. People down street
LV. Steeple of church
SIDE V? Of wall collapsing
LV. Steeple standing
SV. Man fixing charges
CU. Putting charge in wall
SV.PAN of charges in wall
SV. Man setting alight to fuse
BACK V. woman and child watching
CU.PAN Woman watching
ANGLE SHOT of steeple
CU. Man with camera
GV. Steeple collapsing
BACK V. Villagers toward ruins of church
CU. Block face on ground
PAN ALONG steeple on ground
SV. Clergyman talks to officials
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Background: One way of getting rid of an old church is to blow it up with dynamite. This was the method used for the demolition recently of a church at Saas-fee, Valais, which had become too small for the congregation and was falling into a bad state of disrepair.
Swiss soldiers carefully laid charges of dynamite round the old church walls; church bells, hung in a temporary campanile nearby rang out a warning of the explosion, and seconds later the walls were a heap of rubble on the ground.
Next it was the turn of the steeple. Dynamite charges were again put in position, and the entire steeple was cleanly felled, coming to earth within inches of the place where the demolition men planned it should fall.
Afterwards, when the villagers had seen the old familiar church wiped out in a matter of minutes, the curate thanked the soldiers and congratulated them on their success. A bigger and better church is to be build on the site of the old one, which dated from 1894.