WATCH: Kingsnorth Power Station levelled in controlled explosion

A power station chimney which was more than twice the height of Big Ben’s tower has been demolished in a controlled explosion.

The 656ft chimney at Uniper’s decommissioned Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent, came down today after the demolition was delayed from earlier in the month due to snow.

The oil-fired power station was built in 1963.

The site was commissioned in the early 1970s and was the only dual-fired power station in the country able to burn oil and coal.

It was capable of producing 2000MW of electricity – enough to power more than 1.5 million homes.