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Watch A Power Plant Completely Implode

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It looks like Southern California has a new candidate for our favorite Discovery Channel guilty pleasure "Destroyed In Seconds."

This morning thousands of people gathered in Chula Vista to watch an old power plant totally implode. The 165-foot power plant has stood in Chula Vista since 1960, but 300 pounds of dynamite completely destroyed the structure this morning within seconds, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sure, some of the estimated 7,000 people who showed up were cheering because watching things implode is awesome, but there was a greater symbolism to its destruction. The power plant brought electricity to the area from 1960 until it was decommissioned in 2010. Residents called it an eyesore, and environmentalists complained that it polluted the air and water in the area.

The Times caught up with a woman moved to tears by the implosion. Susan Bonner, 60, told the newspaper, "I’m going to miss its great big, ugly, hulking presence.”

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There are grand plans to develop the 115-acre area where the power plant once stood.The Union-Tribune reports that it will be a part of the 556-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, which will include a wildlife preserve, public parklands, a resort conference center, retail space and 1,500 new residences. The California Coastal Commission approved the project last year.

The Union-Tribune has photos from this morning, and here is some footage from the implosion: