Video: South Bay Power Plant Implosion from Imperial Beach

Watching the South Bay Power Plant implode from Imperial Beach. Check out my video with Mayor Janney and photos from the 13th Street Park.

In a historic milestone for the Southern California bayfront, the obsolete
South Bay Power Plant imploded Saturday morning. The implosion removed the mammoth structure and opens up 500 acres of waterfront property.

"The removal of the South Bay Power Plant is a visual  signal to the community of Chula Vista and the San Diego region that we are  serious about bayfront redevelopment," said Chair Ann More of the Board of Port commissioners.

According to the Port of San Diego, the  South Bay Power Plant site and its surrounding land will eventually be replaced with public area, RV & business parks.

The South Bay Power Plant was a massive, 165-foot tall structure with an open steel framework  surrounding boilers and turbines. It has been on the bayfront since the late 1950s and was fully shut down at the end of 2010.

The actualy implosion took few than 60 seconds and sounded like rolling thunder with reverberations. A number of small, controlled explosive charges were placed
within the steel and concrete power block structure to bring it down. Heavy  equipment will be used to break up the structure. The implosion is expected to
generage about 21,000 tons of recyclable metals and up to 3,400 tons of other
non-hazardous waste according to Port of San Diego.

Check out this video of the implosion viewed from the tip of the San Diego Bay in
Imperial Beach.

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Chris Morrow February 03, 2013 at 07:21 AM
Where you there? Let me know your thoughts.
Chris Morrow February 04, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I am surprised that few IB residents watched it LIVE. Was it not interesting or too early? :)
Ed Sorrels February 04, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Chris, You have it right, small directional explosives in the right place not several hundred pounds of dynamite !
Chris Morrow February 04, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Hi Ed - Did you watch? If so, where?
Ed Sorrels February 09, 2013 at 06:36 AM
chris from my patio on the north side of my house with my binocks, Pretty impressive as these thing's go. They still have much more work to do than they would with a building, The remaining interlaced steel will be pretty dangerous to untangle and cut out with a cutting torch and crane, But it will be nice to see it gone !


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