Hundreds turned out yesterday to witness the 13-story earthquake-damaged Police Station explode in central Christchurch . The building was severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and it has since taken 10 months to remove all asbestos from the site before demolition could begin. Asbestos is the name for a group of minerals made up of several fibres. These asbestos can be dangerous as when exploded or damaged they are harmful to breath in.
Yesterdays crowd was positioned far back from the building as a public exclusion zone had been set up. But for those who weren’t keen venturing out in the cold, a live internet stream was set up from which 20,000 people watched the explosion.
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Ceres New Zealand was the demolition contractor behind the implosion and Bernie De Vere who is their spokesman said the building feel exactly as planned. One hundred kilograms of explosives and 2000 meters of denoting cord were used to collapse the building.