WATCH: Drone footage of the spectacular moment two iconic chimneys in Scotland were demolished

Cockenzie power station demolition, Scotland. Photo: Screenshot, YouTube

Late last month the Cockenzie power station in East Lothian, Scotland was brought down by controlled explosion. The demolition was captured on film using a drone.

The power station, located about 15-20km east of Edinburgh, became operational in the summer of 1967 and officially opened in May 1968. It generated more than 150 Terawatt Hours (TWh) of electricity in its lifetime — enough to power the average annual electricity needs of more than 1 million UK homes every year during its 45 years of operation.

The coal-fired plant was forced to close in March 2013 in response to the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), aimed at reducing acidification, ground level ozone and particle pollution. But careful investment and regular maintenance meant the station comfortably outlived its original estimates of a 25-30 year life cycle.

More than 10,000 people were employed at Cockenzie over the years, with many thousands other jobs supported in the wider supply chain and community.

The video below highlights the moments leading up to the explosion, including brief interviews with former workers and local residents before the towering chimney stacks are smashed together.

The incredible demolition begins at the 1:28 mark.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.