Photos : HF6 – The end of an era

In this December 16th, the weather is cold and dry. A beautiful sun floods the bottom of the town of Seraing near Liège, Belgium. The inhabitants and curious begin to gather in the streets close to the blast furnace 6. This one will be destroyed after offering work to so many people of the area. The Liège steel basin was powerful and recognized but things change. That day will mark the destruction of HF6 Seraing, sad and stressful moment for many people in the region.

A former worker from the Seraing blast furnace 6 is located near one of the entrances to the metalworking site. This is probably the last time he will wear his work clothes. This entry will be closed once the destruction has been completed. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
The HF6 can be seen from a multitude of places in the town of Seraing. It was part of the urban scenery. Here two passers-by in a street near the Blast Furnace 6. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
A former worker of the iron and steel site looks at the destruction of HF6 from the roof of a house near the blast furnace. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
Many inhabitants came to witness the fall of this local symbol. This blast furnace was put into operation in 1959 and then shut down in 2005. © Valentin Bianchi
The destruction of the blast furnace 6 took only a few seconds. On the other hand, it will take months to dismantle and evacuate the steel of this building. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi
The presence of iron and steel installations is omnipresent in the urban landscape of the town of Seraing. The urban fabric has been built around infrastructures. © Valentin Bianchi

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