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Athlone Cooling Towers implode [first pics]
Posted by on Aug 22nd, 2010

I use to drive past the now imploded Athlone Cooling Towers in Cape Town all the time back when i was a kid. Good times.

And now they are gone. Just like that.

If you don’t know what they are or are not from Cape Town then just move along because i’m not gonna explain. It’s a local thing, but feel free to take a look at these first pics of the towers imploding.

Here’s the before picture with Table Mountain looking sessy in the background there.


And here is sh*t being blown up.

See video below

See video below

See i was gonna post a whole bunch of pics from the live feed at, but it was monster f**k up. The servers apparently couldn’t cope so the feed was down. Then the city of Cape Town decided it was fun to piss on everyones parade and detonated the explosion 4 minutes early resulting in everyone being caught by surprise..including eTV who cut to the “live” demolition after it was done. Classic reaction on the broadcasters face.’s a screengrab of the chat over at Zoopy at the time the towers came down:


Ya…big stuff up this one.

Now lets blow up the Tampon Towers shall we.

UPDATE: here’s the only video footage you need to see

August 08, 2010 at 12:35 pm

We managed to get some HD video from the Viewing ite:

Savage says:
August 08, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Thanks Marcel. Nice video. Would have liked to see it live. Gonna be weird driving past and not seeing those towers.

Savage says:
August 08, 2010 at 12:35 pm

And this is for the folks over at Zoopy. Got nothing against you chaps and i think the idea of live streaming events is great. I may have been a tad pissed off since i got up at 5am here to watch the live stream. Throw in a hangover and the frustration is clearly evident in my post. Hope you guys keep at it and iron out those kinks. Looking forward to future broadcasts.

michael says:
August 08, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Hozit – here is another clip not quite as epic as your one but still cool –


Jason says:
August 08, 2010 at 12:35 pm

@savage, we share your pain I assure you. we were caught completely off guard after weeks and months of planning right down to the second. and yes, we had a couple of unexpected technical hiccups due to the incredible volume of traffic — and which we had done our best to plan for — but nothing is quite like working in a live environment where you’re being measured by your audience by the second. it’s a wonderfully rewarding environment but equally demanding, and we have every intention of making the next stream better in every way possible. so thank you for the feedback and the patience, and please check out our final summary video of the day at

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