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Two Of Glasgow's "Red Road Flats" Tower Blocks Didn't Want To Be Demolished

"I'm still standing": those tower blocks.

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Around 1,000 local residents were temporarily relocated as the final six tower blocks on the inner-city estate were demolished. The demolition is part of a Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) regeneration plan that began in 2012, the BBC reported.

The flats were originally built in the mid-'60s to solve the city's housing crisis and provide homes for 5,000 people.

Many were concerned about how the large demolition may impact on their homes long-term. "It could be two years down the line and our foundations could start to crack," Tina Suffredini, who lives in the exclusion zone, told BBC Scotland. "I want to see them taken down safely, bit by bit." GHA said that demolishing all six blocks at once would be the less disruptive option.

But two of the tower blocks were having none of it...

Someone's getting sacked in morning, 2 never came down fully #redroadflats

As the rest of the tower blocks fell in the dynamite blast, two stood tall.

We shall not be moved! #redroadflats

At one point, it was mooted that the flats be brought down as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, so some people were glad that plan was canned last summer.

Glad they didn't bring the #redroadflats down at the Commonwealth opening how embarrassing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Some suggested that the stubborn towers could continue to be part of Glasgow's skyline in their own special way.

How long before The Leaning Towers of Glasgow is trending? πŸ™ˆ #redroadflats

Facebook alert! It's only a matter of time... #redroadflats

Another learned a valuable lesson from the event.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.. #redroadflats

Others found their failure to fall dispiriting.

Can Scotland do anything right? Anything? #redroadflats πŸ˜‚

"Aw fuck, that is total shite," one eyewitness can be heard saying on a video recording of the event.

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"That's going to play havoc with having a bath in them," another onlooker observed.

Thae twa #redroadflats that escaped the demolition are lookin awfy squint now, that's gaunnae play havoc wi haein a bath in...

A musical spirit took over many eyewitnesses.

🎢I get knocked down but I get up again🎢 #redroadflats

'Just the 2 of us, we can make it if we try just the 2 of us, you and I' #stillstanding #redroadflats

But the question on everyone's lips was: "What now?"

So two of the flats have fallen in on top of themselves πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ what now? Disaster #redroadflats

GHA is working closely with its demolition partners to find out why the explosion failed to fully bring down the towers, ITV News reported. It is understood that nearby residents' return home may now be delayed.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Glasgow city council for comment.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Laura Silver at laura.silver@buzzfeed.com.

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