Didcot's iconic skyline is changed forever after the power station's chimney was demolished this morning. 

The 655ft chimney came down at about 7.30am and the explosion could be heard for miles around.

Witney Gazette:

There had been suggestions the demolition would not take place after the Met Office upgraded today's weather warning to Amber. 

Despite strong winds, hundreds of people turned out at viewing points to watch. 

Hundreds of people braved the weather to see the explosion and to take pictures of the falling chimney. 

Some Didcot locals said it marked an end of an era and they felt they had to see the final demolition.

Craig Walton from Witney Radio was also there to capture the fall of the chimney. He said: "It all happened in a flash."

Drone motion UK posted a video of the demolition on Twitter.

Drone motion UK said: "Today we witnessed the Didcot Power Station chimney fall gracefully by Brown & Mason’s demolition team. It's a shame we couldn't use our drones due to the extreme 100mph winds at 400ft. It'll never be the same driving around the local area and not seeing the historical landmark."

Here is some on the action from earlier this morning.

This picture was taken by Matthew Beasley and posted to the Oxford Mail Facebook page.

Witney Gazette:

Melissa Stanbridge, another Camera Club member posted this picture of the collapsing chimney. 

Witney Gazette:

The demolition of the chimney marks the end of years of dismantling of coal-fired Didcot A power station after it closed in March 2013.

The first part of the demolition process was completed in 2014, with the three southern cooling towers brought down in July.

Thousands watched from vantage points including Wittenham Clumps.

Disaster struck in February 2016 as the collapse of the 10-storey boiler house resulted in the deaths of four workers.

The boiler house was being prepared for demolition.

Witney Gazette:

The second three cooling towers were not demolished until August last year, when thousands gathered to see them fall.

Didcot and Abingdon residents suffered power cuts after a large section of debris from the explosion struck an electricity line.

About 40,000 homes lost power seconds after the demolition.

The substation which serves Didcot and Abingdon, as well as Wantage, Wallingford and even parts of the Chilterns blew.

The iconic chimney was built after Didcot A was commissioned in 1964.