- Posted February 2, 2013 by
Chula Vista, California
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Power Plant Implosion San Diego Bay
The South Bay Power Plant collapsed after 200 pounds of charges ignited 300 pounds of dynamite strategically embedded in steel beams.
I arrived on location at 4:45 AM to get a good spot. A few thousand others showed up to watch. Interview with former Deputy Mayor of Chula Vista.
In a matter of minutes, a hulking power plant that loomed over San Diego Bay since the late 1950s has been demolished.
The implosion happened at 7:10 AM on 2/2/13. It had been months in the planning — and the demolition turned the mighty structure into a smoking heap of concrete. The goal is to one day turn the site into a park.
Kayakers and other onlookers positioned themselves to watch the implosion of the 165-foot structure and say goodbye to a bit of local history.
The $40 million demolition will dramatically open up bay views and make way for plans for a public park and economic development.
The plant was decommissioned in 2010.