Woman wins contest to blow up factory where her dad died

January 16th, 2012 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 16 (IANS) A British woman won a competition to blow up a factory building where her father had died in an accident.

Sarah Griffiths, 41, pushed a button that triggered a series of explosions to demolish the Campbell’s Soup Tower in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Sky News reported.

Griffiths, a mother-of-two, seized the chance to rid herself of the sight of the 52-year-old building where her father Mick Locke died in 1995 from severe scalding from a blast of steam.

“The tower is a constant reminder that I have been robbed of my dad. I’m a bit choked up about it because it’s a big thing for me to do and I feel very pleased to be given the chance of closure,” she said.

“I feel honoured that I have been chosen against so many other people. I hope they understand my need to do this,” she said.

Hundreds of people gathered at the site to watch the demolition.

A new complex would be built in its place that would include a hotel, leisure facilities, restaurants, a car showroom and a supermarket. It will also include industrial and office space and is expected to create about 1,000 jobs.

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