The K Cooling Tower at the Savannah River Site sat unused for nearly 20 years thanks to the end of the Cold War, yet it still required maintenance and upkeep (read: taxpayer money). So they blew it up.

But why wait so long to demolish this 450 feet tall, 345 wide structure? Well, this is the poky U.S. government we're talking about, but more seriously in this case it was all about a lack of funding.

Only a recent influx of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was enough to justify the demolition, which happened earlier this week. [Kuriositas via Neatorama]