The former jewel in the crown of Donald Trump’s bankrupt Atlantic City casino empire was demolished with 3,000 sticks of dynamite on Wednesday.
The detonator button was pressed shortly after 9:00 a.m. (1400 GMT), which reduced the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino to a heap of rubble in a matter of seconds.
The casino, which has been closed since 2014, was Trump’s first property in the US coastal gambling city where he owned several properties.
It was opened in 1984 and has barely or not at all serviced since the formwork.
During storms, parts of the exterior fell several times onto the beach promenade that runs next to the building.
Since 2016, the two-building complex has been owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, one of Trump’s major financiers in Atlantic City.
In mid-June, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the demolition of the building after taking legal action to identify a threat to residents.
Icahn didn’t say what he would do with the land when the building is destroyed.
Trump had filed a lawsuit back in 2014 asking for his name to be removed from the building’s facade, believing his presence there was bad for Trump’s name and brand.
The former real estate developer owned up to four casinos in the northeastern gambling capital: In addition to Trump Plaza, there was also Trump Worlds Fair, which closed in 1999, Trump Marina, which was sold by creditors in 2011, and the Trump Taj Mahal, which closed in 2016 .
Subsidiary Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operated the former president’s Atlantic City properties, filed for bankruptcy three times in 2004, 2009 and 2014, each time burdened with debt.
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