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A History of Vegas Implosions

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 16th November 2004 10:40am
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Las Vegas, of course, has a long history of implosions. One of the more recent one's was the Sands hotel back in 1996. And it's a sight that has become a part of Las Vegas history.

For more than a decade, implosions have become a popular attraction that adds to the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. Steve Wynn started it all when he brought down the Dunes hotel back in October of 1993. More than 2,000 people lined the sidewalks along the Strip. Six hundred pounds of dynamite, and thirty seconds later, the Dunes was gone. The Bellagio hotel and casino now sit where the Dunes once was.

Nine years ago this month, the tower of the Landmark hotel and casino stood for the last time on the corner of Convention Center Drive and Paradise. One hundred pounds of dynamite was used to implode the 31-story hotel. The implosion was used in the film "Mars Attacks." Now a 22-acre parking lot for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is in place.



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