San Diego Power Plant Imploded
CHULA VISTA, California (AP) - 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 (50-meter) South Bay Power Plant and say goodbye to a bit of local history.
The plant collapsed just after 7 a.m. after 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of charges ignited 300 pounds (135 kilograms) 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.
A crowd of hundreds, including city officials and former plant workers clutching cameras, cheered from nearby Marina View Park. …