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Donald Trump's Casino Demolished With Explosives In 'Las Vegas Style Implosion'

Dominic Smithers

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Donald Trump's Casino Demolished With Explosives In 'Las Vegas Style Implosion'

Featured Image Credit: PA

Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino has been imploded with 3,000 sticks of dynamite. You can watch dramatic footage of the demolition below:

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Trump Plaza was the first of four casino hotels owned by the former President of the United States in the gambling hotspot. It was also the last of Trump's casinos in the city to close back in 2014.

Many now see the destruction of the 34-storey building - which was demolished at around 9am local time - as the end of the 74-year-old's reign in the city.

Some of Trump's detractors even bought 'front row' seats to watch the gutted building crash to the ground, joining officials on a nearby pier over the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

The money from the auction is set to go to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Spectator Jennifer Owen, who bid $575 (£415) for her seat to watch the implosion, told the New York Times: "It's an end of a not-so-great era.

"It's symbolic for sure. Him. Everything ending."

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said the hotel had helped with the early days success of the city, but that things eventually turned sour.

He said: "[Trump] was selfish, took advantage of some people, hurt some people..... and stiffed some."

Trump Plaza has been demolished. Credit: PA
Trump Plaza has been demolished. Credit: PA

At one time, the Plaza was the jewel in Trump's Atlantic City crown.

Bernie Dillon, the events manager for the casino from 1984 to 1991, told the Huffington Post it brought in some of the biggest celebrities of the day.

He said: "The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world was really incredible.

"Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"One night before a Tyson fight I stopped dead in my tracks and looked about four rows in as the place was filling up, and there were two guys leaning in close and having a private conversation: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty."

He added: "It was like that a lot: You had Madonna and Sean Penn walking in, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah sitting with Donald ringside.

"It was a special time. I'm sorry to see it go."

Topics: US Politics, US News, Casino, Donald Trump, Hotel, Politics

Dominic Smithers
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