Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lasso steer topples casino tower

Going down ... the Clarion hotel and casino is destroyed (Las Vegas Sun/AP)
Going down ... the Clarion hotel and casino is destroyed (Las Vegas Sun/AP)

Demolition workers have rounded up their efforts to end a 13-hour saga to bring down a casino in Las Vegas by using an Old West method.

Clarion hotel-casino site owner Lorenzo Doumani said workers finally borrowed an idea from their cowboy ancestors, lassoed an obstinate lift shaft with stout cables, brought in a heavy crane, then pulled down the eight-storey tower.

It is the 13th hotel implosion in Sin City since 1993.

A two-ton explosive punch at about 3am failed to topple the lift shaft when the rest of the casino-hotel came down around it. The shaft dropped about four stories and defiantly stayed upright.

The 200-room building opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and was once called the Debbie Reynolds after its famous one-time owner.

It was also called the Greek Isles and the Paddle Wheel in its time.

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