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This is the moment a multi-storey high-rise is seemingly demolished badly and topples sideways instead of collapsing, damaging neighbouring tower blocks and catching onlookers by surprise.
The job on 15th June left windows shattered and outer walls punctured by flying rubble, residents claimed.
The demolition took place on a largely empty plot of land next to the Liangping Bohong Aiqinwan Residential District in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province in north-eastern China.
Homeowners watching the demolition works just a few thousand feet away were surprisingly not asked to leave their flats or protect their windows.
As a result, they were still standing inside their homes and filming when the multi-storey residential block was demolished and came crashing down right in front of them.
Footage of the incident shows the structure toppling sideways with a loud crash, while huge plumes of dust and debris are kicked up into the air and sent flying towards the neighbouring residents.
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The video also shows hard hat-wearing workmen watching the demolition but then fleeing for their lives as the cloud of debris heads towards them.
A number of windows are left shattered and walls are left damaged in the aftermath.
A spokesman for the Changchun Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee revealed that the abandoned building was among five that were to be built on the plot to form a new residential area.
However, the project failed and the land rights were sold to the new owners, who decided to demolish the structure and rebuilt from the ground up.
The developer, who has not been named, said it had replaced up to eight windows in the neighbouring residential area on the day of the demolition.
It is now working on repairing the tower blocks’ damaged walls.
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