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Video: Las Vegas casino blown-up for resort plans

The Clarion Hotel and Casino is demolished to clear space for a mixed-use resort

The Clarion Hotel and Casino was demolished by implosion on 10 February 2015 to make way for a new mixed-use resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

It was the first demolition by controlled explosion since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. Since then, authorities have preferred to use less impressive forms of demolition.

The 12-storey Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino.

The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort.

Scroll down to watch the 45-year old hotel redued to rubble in seconds

Click here for pictures of the demolition



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