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Gone in a blink: On site at the Clarion Hotel implosion

The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded in the early morning hours Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The hotel, opened in 1970, was once owned by actress Debbie Reynolds and named the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel. A mixed-use resort, catering to convention-goers, is planned for the site, according to developer Lorenzo Doumani.
Photo: Steve Marcus

Clarion Hotel Implosion

Clarion Hotel implosion | January 29 & February 10, 2015

“It was dark. Suddenly, a boom! Clarion disappears ... mostly!” Those were photographer Steve Marcus’ thoughts on the implosion of the off-Strip hotel-casino in the wee hours of Tuesday. While most of the structure reportedly collapsed in 10 seconds, part of an elevator tower remained and had to be separately torn down. It was like the spine of the place, which spent more than 40 years in Las Vegas. All those decades, and then, gone in a blink.

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