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Chula Vista power plant implodes into rubble

The South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista collapsed into a pile of rubble after demolition experts imploded it on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
February 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista collapsed into a pile of rubble after demolition experts imploded it.

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

Ignition flashes could be seen in the seconds before the main towers toppled, seemingly in slow motion, sending up an enormous plume of dust.

The 60-year-old plant was decommissioned in 2010. Many had considered it to be an eyesore along Chula Vista's otherwise scenic coast.

The demolition opens up bay views and makes way for a public park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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