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22-Floor Residential Tower In China Demolished, Partially

PTI 02 Jan 2010, 13:43:38 IST
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On December 30, a 22-floor residential building was demolished in the city of Liuzhou in southern China.

This is the picture of the building in Liuzhou  seconds before the planned demolition

The initial blast successfully broke the building into two parts

The other half of the building remained standing,  leaning precariously to the side.

A disaster was narrowly averted when the demolition went wrong.

Instead of crumbling into a contained heap of rubble, half of the building crashed sideways to the ground, narrowly averting disaster.

Even more alarmingly, the other half is left still standing - but leaning precariously to the side.

Shoppers in Liuzhou carry on, unperturbed by the dangerously leaning building.

The demolition failed due to technical reasons, the China Daily reported. Experts had intended for the building to break in to two parts - but the rest of the experiment had, clearly, gone awry.