Former German nuke plant towers demolished in morning blasts

The two cooling towers of a former nuclear power plant in southwestern Germany have been demolished in a pair of early-morning explosions whose timing was kept under wraps to prevent crowds from gathering during the coronavirus pandemic

Operator EnBW had said ahead of time only that the 150-meter (nearly 500-foot) towers at the Philippsburg plant, near Karlsruhe, would be brought down on Thursday or Friday. On Thursday, the company said they were blown up just after 6 a.m.

Such demolitions usually attract many sightseers, but large assemblies aren't allowed at present under rules aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

A transformer station that will help bring electricity generated from renewable sources in northern Germany to the country's south will be built on the site of the towers.