FOUR giant power station cooling towers topple in a spectacular explosion.

The 117m (384ft) concrete behemoths were blown apart at 11.15am yesterday.

Each cooled six million gallons of water an hour before the plant shut in 2016.

They will be replaced by 2,300 low carbon homes and a school in Rugeley, Staffs.

Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “This redevelopment will help breathe new life into the community while supporting our ambitious climate commitments.” 

She added: "We are committed to building back greener from the pandemic and Engie's low carbon regeneration project is a great initiative demonstrating how industrial sites can be revitalised to provide sustainable living."

The wider development will include more than 12 acres of employment space, a new neighbourhood centre and a country park near the River Trent, Engie said.

Construction of the coal-fired Rugeley 'B' Power Station began in 1965, with the facility completed in 1972.

It ceased all operations on June 8 2016.

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