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Castaways Imploded : With Pics

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 11th January 2006 11:59am
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A staccato series of explosions reduced the 447-room building as planned into a 20,000-ton heap of rubble and raised a huge cloud of dust just after dawn on a sparkling clear morning.

"It just went real smooth," Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said as street sweepers deployed on closed thoroughfares and neighborhood streets.

"They had it well-coordinated," he said. "No problems at all."

The property, which as the Showboat hosted professional bowling tour events, changed hands several times in the 1990s and struggled for several years before being crippled by a tourism slowdown following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.



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