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The splat pack ... Sinatra's on the soundtrack as first Vegas hotel in years levelled

The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

With a 2,000kg explosive punch, a Las Vegas hotel has turned into a pile of rubble.

The 12-story Clarion casino-hotel became the 13th hotel to gain implosion infamy in a town that explodes the old to make way for the new.

"Hopefully 13 will be a lucky number," Lorenzo Doumani, the site's new owner and developer, said a few hours before he and his family counted down to the Clarion's final seconds at nearly 3am, flanked by two showgirls and having listened to a pre-implosion soundtrack of Frank Sinatra.

The 200-room casino-hotel opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and was called the Debbie Reynolds - for its one-time owner - as well as the Greek Isles and the Paddle Wheel.

What took seconds to destroy required several months of planning and 2,000kg of explosives, said Anthony O Schlecht, safety co-ordinator for Las Vegas-based Burke Construction who said the preparation extended to covering nearby pools, including at the neighbouring Marriott hotel.

It's been a while since a casino-hotel was felled by controlled explosives.

Between 2004 and 2007, six Vegas properties were brought down, but in the eight years since, the only Strip-side implosions were a segment of the Tropicana hotel and a parking structure.

Irish Independent

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