We rose bright and early Saturday morning, Groundhog Day 2013 (February 2), to find a good parking spot at the J Street Marina in Chula Vista. This clear, cold morning promised a once in a lifetime chance to see a controlled implosion of a structure.
The South Bay Power Plant was first placed into service in 1960 and decommissioned in 2010. It sits along Chula Vista’s waterfront access to San Diego Bay. Though we made the most of it, calling it our Gotham City, it was an eye sore against the azure blues of the bay and Pacific Ocean beyond. It would soon be gone in a boom of controlled dynamite blasts followed by gravity taking over.
Here is a video of the power plant’s last moments: