Implosion video of the South Bay Power Plant in San Diego
Implosion of the South Bay Power Plant. One of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed.
I got up this morning at 4:30 (usually that’s when Zoey the Cool Cat and I are heading to bed) with the intent of getting to the implosion site early. Instead, the route I would normally take, the shortest route, didn’t start until later on Saturday, which would cause me to arrive at the implosion site at about 7:16 a.m. Unfortunately, the implosion was scheduled to occur at 7:00 a.m. (it acturally occurred at 7:05 a.m.).
Internet. San Diego Trolley site. I looked at all the Trolley schedules
for Saturday. I found a way to get me to the implosion site at about
6:58 a.m. Ooooh. That would be cutting it close. The route was about seven miles longer than my normal route, but as of February 1, 2013, it would only have one connection instead of three.
I thought it would be worthwhile to go since the weather might not cooperate, maybe causing them to delay the implosion by several minutes. If I did miss the implosion, I’d still be able to take some pictures of the result, giving me some after pictures to go with before pictures that I already had. To wit:
Sure enough, I got there at exactly 6:58 a.m., rushing to find a good vantage point to set up my tripod. Ha! There wasn’t a square inch of vacant land at any of the good viewpoints, so I squeezed my way in amongst the crowd and resolved that I would have to take a video by holding my camera far above my head. I wouldn’t be the only one doing that, so I didn’t feel out of place:
After the implosion, I went exploring, walking about eight miles along South Bay and its beaches. Including the implosion, I took 282 pictures — South Bay Salt Works, Chula Vista Bayfront Park, Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Chula Vista Discovery Center….
Oh, and one movie.
I guess it’s the move you want to see, isn’t it?
Well, here it is. I did away with the audio at about the 21 second mark, but make sure you turn the volume up for those first 21 seconds to get the effect of the explosions. I was about 1,000 feet away, and we not only heard the explosions, we felt them, too.
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