Watch: Demolition: Las Vegas hotel turned into a pile of rubble
With a 4,400-pound explosive punch, a Las Vegas hotel went out with a bang on Tuesday morning.
The 12-story Clarion casino-hotel became the 13th hotel to gain implosion infamy in a town that dramatically destroys the old to make way for the new.
However, not all of the hotel was levelled during the demolition. The lift shaft somehow managed to survive the blast, which should have brought down the entire building.
The hotel's demolition was postponed for 30 minutes because bystanders refused to leave the area, hoping for a good view for the bang.
The 12-storey hotel was originally opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn.