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Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished

13 July 2018

- Crowds gathered Thursday morning in Cape Canaveral, but not for a space launch.

The almost 60-metre-tall towers came tumbling down after explosives were activated, sending them falling in opposite directions at the US Air Force base in Florida.

An Air Force commander initiated the detonations - which brought down the mobile gantries and towers at launch complex 17. It toppled over shortly after 7 a.m. According to Florida Today, the demolition project had a price tag of $2 million. The newspaper reports it was postponed from previous year.

It's been almost seven years since the towers were used in a launch, and was used for Delta II and other notable missions, according to the report.

Cape Canaveral has always been a cherished place for the U.S. space program, having hosted some of the most important space missions stretching back decades.

The towers were in service for 60 years.

Once the rubble is cleared, the site will be taken over by a private company called moon express, which hopes to launch regular missions to the moon.

Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished