Watch: Legendary Las Vegas casino vanishes in minutes after $42m planned implosion
A legendary Las Vegas casino has come crashing down after a controlled implosion helped the 24-story building vanish.
Monaco Tower at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, which closed last spring, disappeared within minutes after explosives detonated in the early hours of Tuesday morning (local time).
Demolition of the Strip's first-high rise after a 60-year run was watched by a number of spectators at 2901 Las Vegas Blvd - all at a safe distance.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the owner of the Riviera, spent $42 million to destroy the 13-building campus.
"The Riviera was and always was the Chicago outfit's crown jewel in the desert," said Geoff Schumacher of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
A second tower, the Monte Carlo (not to be confused with the hotel-casino resort of the same name), is slated for implosion sometime in August.