After the WMAL radio towers were demolished Wednesday morning, they almost immediately started cutting them up and removing them. The three near Greentree Rd were removed on Thursday and Friday, then on Monday they returned to remove the tower near Renita Ln. By Monday evening there was just a small amount of cut-up steel lying on the ground.
The powerful machine you see here would cut through the tower, breaking it down in to a managable size. It could then pick it up and move it out of the way. the segment looks small, but notice at the bottom part you can see the ladder that went up the tower, this is a good sized chunk of metal.
While one machine was cutting the tower up, another would scoop up the cut metal debris and move it to the edge of the property for pick-up.
Here the machine reaches out and takes a bite from the tower. Another tower lies in the background.
As powerful as the machine is, it can also gently grasp the fallen metal and pick it up, moving it away from the main tower. At this point there is just a stub remaining.
After the tower was completely cut up, the only thing remaining was to pick up piles of metal and move them to the edge of the property.
The once majestic towers are reduced to piles of metal like this, just waiting to be picked up and disposed of.