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Clarion Casino Implosion Goes Awry, Forcing Crews to Use a 'Lasso'

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 09:00 AM

The Clarion casino and hotel was imploded on Monday, but the elevator shaft remained intact until crews lassoed it down on Tuesday.

"They lassoed the building with steel cables, got a crane, and pulled and pulled and pulled," Clarion hotel-casino site owner Lorenzo Doumani told The Associated Press. "The building is finally down." 

What was supposed to be a routine demolition of the 12-story, 200-room Las Vegas casino turned into a 12-hour kerfuffle when the dust cleared and the stubborn elevator shaft refused to succumb to the 1,100 pounds of dynamite laid at its foundation.

"Basically, the debris fell so fast, it choked the base of that tower and didn’t give it the opportunity to move," Thom Doud, project manager of Controlled Demolition Inc., told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

With the help of the cranes, the final piece of the building was tugged down around 2:30 p.m.

Just off the strip, the hotel was originally completed in 1970 and opened as the Royal Inn. Over the ensuing decades, it was renamed the Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, and Greek Isles.

Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani purchased the casino in October for $22.5 million, and said he plans to build Las Vegas' tallest occupied tower in its place — a 60-story hotel tower, sans casino.

Six Vegas casinos were demo'ed between 2004 and 2007. The Clarion implosion is the first in years.





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