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Where to Watch South Bay Power Plant Implosion

The power plant in Chula Vista is scheduled to be demolished with explosives Saturday at 7 a.m.

Updated Feb. 1. at 12:18 p.m.

Spectators interested in watching the South Bay Power Plant explode into rubble Saturday can do so south of the Chula Vista Marina, the Port of San Diego announced Tuesday.

The City of Imperial Beach also suggests IB residents watch the implosion across San Diego Bay at the Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Outdoor Educational Activity Center.

"The implosion, which will cause the structure to collapse, will take less than two minutes and will sound like rolling thunder," a notice released by the Port said.

The implosion is scheduled to take place Saturday at 7 a.m. if weather and wind conditions permit.

A perimeter has been established around the power plant that began operations in 1960 and was officially decommissioned in 2011. See a map of the perimeter attached to this story in PDF form.

The Port suggests spectators park and watch at Chula Vista Bayfront Park at 980 Marina Way. The parking lot will open at 5 a.m.

People will not be allowed to park, walk or stop on Bay Boulevard. A restricted zone will stretch approximately 1,000 feet San Diego Bay, said spokeswoman Tanya Castaneda. 

"The Coast Guard is aware of whats happening. We've consulted with them and they'll be out. If someone gets close, they'll keep an eye out," she said.

Updates are available at portofsandiego.com, on Twitter @portofsandiego or call 619-686-6228.

The power plant is being demolished to make way for Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan projects.

Are you going to come out to see the power plant go boom? Where are you going to watch the implosion? Share in comments.

Shorebird January 30, 2013 at 03:44 PM
from my front deck across the satponds from the plant.
Matt Henry January 30, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I live in the CV Marina but I'm definitely kayaking out
Khari Johnson (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I've heard a few local residents say they plan to hop in a kayak. I'm sure it will be quite a site from that vantage point.
Ed Sorrels January 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM
From a lawnchair on my north patio ! with my new 36X50 birdwatchers
borderraven January 31, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Put cameras in a few armored cars and get some video.

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