Many old buildings were damaged in the recent earthquakes and aftershocks in Italy. Some are beyond repair and have to be demolished for safety.
Digital Journal reported on the 6.0- and 5.8-magnitude earthquakes and the strong aftershocks in Italy during May.
As reported, besides the tragic deaths from the earthquakes and the following aftershocks, many old buildings were badly damaged.
The video above shows the controlled demolition of the bell tower of a church in the Italian town of Poggio Renatico, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Residents of the town were hoping to be able to prop up the tower, which was built in 1907.
However, after the continuing aftershocks, firefighters decided it was safer to knock it down.
The video above shows the implosion of the bell tower from all angles.
A sad loss, but hopefully the town will be able to build a new bell tower in the future.