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Demolition starts on Sandy Hook Elementary School

Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
In this image taken from video, a backhoe rips into the roof of the Sandy Hook Elementary School building in Newtown, Connecticut, as demolition began on the building, on Oct. 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 chi
In this image taken from video, a backhoe rips into the roof of the Sandy Hook Elementary School building in Newtown, Connecticut, as demolition began on the building, on Oct. 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AP
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on
Demolition work is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 25, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Gates block the roadway leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 24, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official sai
Gates block the roadway leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Oct 24, 2013. Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Demolition work has begun on a US elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed during a massacre last December, an official said on Friday.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School killings on Dec 14 were one of the deadliest such shootings and led a push for tighter gun control laws in the United States.

A spokesman for the council in Newtown, Connecticut said the work would take up to five weeks and a new elementary school was expected to open in 2016. "It started yesterday. The building itself will be demolished in pieces. The demolition will take four to five weeks," she told AFP.

"There will be a new elementary school that we expect will open in 2016," she said.

Adam Lanza, 20, took just five minutes to shoot his way into the school, murder his victims and kill himself.