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San Diego power plant imploded

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Power plant imploded
John Gibbins

A bit of San Diego local history was made recently as a power plant that had been running since the late 1950's was imploded. The event brought on dozens of onlookers who set up camp at around 4 a.m. to watch the mighty structure become a pile of scrap metal just after 7 a.m.

In a matter of minutes, a hulking power plant that loomed over San Diego Bay since the late 1950s was demolished Saturday, to make way for a city park.

The implosion which had been months in the planning turned the mighty structure into a heap of concrete and twisted steel.

Kayakers and other onlookers positioned themselves as early as 4 a.m. to watch the implosion of the 165-foot South Bay Power Plant and say goodbye to a bit of local history

The plant collapsed just after 7 a.m. after 200 pounds of charges ignited 300 pounds of dynamite strategically embedded in steel beams, UT San Diego reported. Ignition flashes could be seen in the seconds before the main towers toppled, seemingly in slow motion, sending up an enormous plume of dust.

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