The three southern cooling towers of Didcot A were demolished by explosives on Sunday 27 July 2014 at BST.
The contractors had insisted that the demolition would take place between 3 am and 5 am; the towers were demolished at 5.01am. Despite the early morning demolition, many thousands of people turned out locally to watch from numerous vantage points, as well as those who watched the towers come down via a live Internet stream and the event trended heavily on Twitter with the hashtag #Didcot Demolition.
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Some ash from Didcot A was used to manufacture building blocks at a factory on the adjacent Milton Park and transported to Thatcham (near Newbury, Berkshire) for the manufacture of Thermalite aerated breeze blocks using both decarbonized fly and raw ash, but most was mixed with water and pumped via a pipeline to former quarries in Radley.
On the morning of Thursday 2 November 2006, 30 Greenpeace trespassers invaded the power station.
Construction of the 2,000 MWe power station for the Central Electricity Generating Board began during 1964, and was completed in 1968 at a cost of £104m, with up to 2,400 workers being employed at peak times.
It was located on a 300 acres (1.2 km) site, formerly part of the Ministry of Defence Central Ordnance Depot.
The families said that they wanted their dead relatives back in one piece, not hundreds of pieces but the demolition company highlighted the inherent danger of rescue operations citing that "legally you could not justify humans going back in." The search for the missing men continued the day after the controlled demolition.