Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin Shortly After Explosion

On March 8th, 1966, Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street in Dublin exploded and tumbled to the ground. Here is a photo of the immediate aftermath of that event. Nobody was injured in the explosion, but the pillar didn’t survive. It was replaced by the Spire of Dublin, built in 2002.

A half-demolished Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Source: National Library of Ireland

There’s a pretty good book on the history of the pillar available on Amazon.