VIDEO: Former Trump On line casino in Atlantic Metropolis demolished with three,000 sticks of dynamite

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VIDEO: Former Trump Casino in Atlantic City demolished with 3,000 sticks of dynamite

A place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where movie stars, athletes and rock stars celebrated – and a future president sharpened his instincts for bravery and hype – was reduced to a dusty heap of rubble on Wednesday. The former Trump Plaza Casino imploded after it fell into such disrepair that parts of the building peeled off and fell to the ground.

A series of loud explosions at around 9 a.m. shook the building, which collapsed in a wave from back to front until it fell straight into a huge cloud of dust that enveloped the beach and boardwalk. Overall, the structure imploded took less than 20 seconds.

"I have the chills," said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small. “This is a historic moment. It was exciting."

He estimated that the remaining heap of debris is about eight stories high and should be removed by June 10. Some of this could be used by environmentalists interested in building an artificial fishing reef off the coast of Atlantic City.

Additional portions of the casino-hotel complex on the boardwalk and on Pacific Avenue, the main street along the row of casinos, were not included in the implosion. They will be demolished using heavy equipment rather than explosives in the near future.

The former Trump Plaza Casino imploded after it fell into such disrepair that parts of the building peeled off and fell to the ground.

A series of loud explosions at around 9 a.m. shook the building, which collapsed in a wave from back to front until it fell straight into a huge cloud of dust that enveloped the beach and boardwalk. Overall, the structure imploded took less than 20 seconds.

"I have the chills," said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small. “This is a historic moment. It was exciting."

He estimated that the remaining heap of debris is about eight stories high and should be removed by June 10. Some of this could be used by environmentalists interested in building an artificial fishing reef off the coast of Atlantic City.

Additional portions of the casino-hotel complex on the boardwalk and on Pacific Avenue, the main street along the row of casinos, were not included in the implosion. They will be demolished using heavy equipment rather than explosives in the near future.

The removal of the one-time gem of former President Donald Trump's casino empire paves the way for a prime development opportunity in the middle of the Boardwalk, where the plaza was once marketed as the "heart of Atlantic City."

"The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world has been really amazing," said Bernie Dillon, the casino's events manager from 1984 to 1991. "Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the full range of personalities. The night before a Tyson fight, I paused and looked about four rows in as the space filled and there were two guys leaning close to each other and having a private chat led: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. "

"It was very similar: you had Madonna and Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah was in the ring with Donald," he recalled. “It was a special time. I am sorry that this is the case. "

Though the previous president built it, another billionaire, Carl Icahn, acquired the two remaining Trump casinos in 2016 from the last of their many bankruptcies and owned the building.

The mayor suggested using the demolition as a fundraiser for the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and started an auction for the right to push the button that would collapse the structure.

But Icahn – a donor and former Trump special economic advisor – turned down safety and liability issues, and caused the auction house to stop bidding. Icahn said he would replace the $ 175,000 that had already been offered with his own money. A fundraiser for a VIP peek at the implosion raised more than $ 16,000 for the club.

Trump Plaza opened in 1984 when Trump was a real estate developer in his pre-political days. It was the most successful casino in Atlantic City for a while. It was the place where mega events like a Mike Tyson boxing match or a Rolling Stones concert took place next door at Boardwalk Hall.

Ron Gatewood, a food and drink worker at Trump Plaza from 1986 until it closed in 2014, brought food and drink to stars like Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Barry White in their hotel rooms.

“They were very down to earth people,” Gatewood recalled. “They never felt you less than. They tipped very well. Well, some did anyway. "

The casino even had a cameo in the movie "Ocean & # 39; s Eleven". When George Clooney and Brad Pitt were recruiting actor Bernie Mac's character to help in a raid on a Las Vegas casino, they plucked him from Trump Plaza, where he was a dealer.

Bob McDevitt, president of the main casino workers union, said the place oozed glamor and excitement when it opened.

But things slowly turned bad for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990. The debt load pushed the company to pour most of its resources – and cash – into the shiny new hotel and casino.

"The moment the Taj Mahal opened, the plaza began to decline," said McDevitt. "To make sure the Taj Mahal was a success, they shipped all the high rollers from Trump Plaza and Trump's Castle to the Taj and didn't invest a lot in the plaza."

The Trump Taj Mahal, one of the casinos acquired by Icahn, has since reopened as Hard Rock under new ownership.

Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to shut down in 2014 and fell victim to an oversaturated casino market in both New Jersey City and the greater Northeast. There were 12 casinos in early 2014. it's nine now.

At the time of closure, Trump Plaza was the worst performing casino in Atlantic City, raising as much money from players in 8 1/2 months as the market leading Borgata did every two weeks.

Short-term plans include paving the site to provide new parking space while a permanent development project is under consideration.

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