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The 12-story Clarion casino-hotel in Las Vegas hotel was imploded early Tuesday, but an elevator shaft withstood a blast on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is shown shortly before being imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The 12-story Clarion Hotel and Casino was imploded early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: The Clarion Hotel and Casino is imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 10: A portion of the Clarion Hotel and Casino is left standing after the property was imploded on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first casino implosion in Las Vegas since the New Frontier Hotel & Casino was brought down in 2007. The 12-story Clarion, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and changed ownership over the years becoming known by several names including the Royal Americana Hotel, The Paddlewheel Hotel Casino, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino. The Clarion closed for good in September 2014, and was purchased for USD 22.5 million by Las Vegas developer Lorenzo Doumani who plans to turn the six-acre property into a mixed-use resort. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: Fireworks in the shape of the number 10 burn along the facade of the New Frontier Hotel & Casino as part of a countdown to part of the property's implosion early November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 984-room property, in operation since 1942, when it became the second resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip, closed its doors in July. ELAD IDB Las Vegas LLC plans to build a mixed-use resort complex that will include a casino, private residences, a convention center and a hotel bearing the Plaza name on the 34.5 acres of Strip property. (Photo by Getty Images for ELAD IDB)
The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: The Frontier Hotel implodes to make way for The Plaza Hotel on November 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: The gutted Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas stands Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 as preparations continue for its implosion. The property, owned by Boyd Gaming, is on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and is being cleared for a new development called Echelon Place. The new development is scheduled for completion in 2010 and will feature four upscale hotels, a 140,000-square-foot casino, spas, theaters, convention center and retail outlets. (Photo by Barry Sweet/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: The gutted Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas stands Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 as preparations continue for its implosion. The property, owned by Boyd Gaming, is on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and is being cleared for a new development called Echelon Place. The new development is scheduled for completion in 2010 and will feature four upscale hotels, a 140,000-square-foot casino, spas, theaters, convention center and retail outlets. (Photo by Barry Sweet/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: Smoke floats through the Las Vegas Strip behind a pile of rubble where the Stardust Resort & Casino stood before it was imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: The Stardust Resort & Casino is seen shortly before it was imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: Fireworks explode over the Stardust Resort & Casino just before it is imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: Fireworks and pyrotechnics are seen at the Stardust Resort & Casino just before it is imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: The Stardust Resort & Casino is imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: Fireworks explode over the Stardust Resort & Casino just before it is imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13: Fireworks explode over the Stardust Resort & Casino just before it is imploded March 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to replace the historic property with a USD 4 billion hotel, casino, convention and retail development called Echelon Place on the 63 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: The MGM Grand Hotel/Casino is seen behind the gutted 16-story tower of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino moments before it is imploded early May 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property owner MGM Mirage closed the Boardwalk in January 2006, to make way for Project CityCenter, a 66-acre, USD five billion mixed-use urban development center, the largest private development in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: The MGM Grand Hotel/Casino is seen behind the 16-story tower of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino as it is imploded early May 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property owner MGM Mirage closed the Boardwalk in January 2006, to make way for Project CityCenter, a 66-acre, USD five billion mixed-use urban development center, the largest private development in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: The MGM Grand Hotel/Casino is seen behind the 16-story tower of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino as it is imploded early May 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property owner MGM Mirage closed the Boardwalk in January 2006, to make way for Project CityCenter, a 66-acre, USD five billion mixed-use urban development center, the largest private development in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: The MGM Grand Hotel/Casino is seen behind smoke rising from the 16-story tower of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino after it was imploded early May 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property owner MGM Mirage closed the Boardwalk in January 2006, to make way for Project CityCenter, a 66-acre, USD five billion mixed-use urban development center, the largest private development in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 09: The MGM Grand Hotel/Casino is seen behind smoke rising from the 16-story tower of the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino after it was imploded early May 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property owner MGM Mirage closed the Boardwalk in January 2006, to make way for Project CityCenter, a 66-acre, USD five billion mixed-use urban development center, the largest private development in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: The eight-story, 166-room tower of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino is imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: The eight-story, 166-room tower of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino is imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: The eight-story, 166-room tower of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino is imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: Clouds of smoke rise after the eight-story, 166-room tower of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino was imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: The marquee of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino is the only part of the property visible as smoke rises after the eight-story, 166-room tower was imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 14: Piles of rubble are seen after the eight-story, 166-room tower of the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino was imploded early February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. purchased the property last year for future development but has not decided what will be done with the site. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The partially dismantled marquee of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is seen after the 19-story, 447-room tower was imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: Explosive charges are set off during implosion of the 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: Workers walk near the rubble of the 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino after it was imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 11: The 19-story, 447-room tower of the Castaways Hotel-Casino is seen shortly before it was imploded January 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, formerly called the Showboat, was closed in January 2004, after the owners declared bankruptcy. Station Casinos, owner of the Castaways since October 2004, has not decided what will be done with the property. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, implodes with explosive charges 27 April, to make way for the Bellagio Hotel(rear), currently under construction. The Aladdin Hotel was and built in 1966 will be replaced with the 1.3 billion USD Bellagio Hotel, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2000. AFP PHOTO John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The El Rancho Hotel on the Las Vegas strip begins to fall as it is imploded early 03 October 2000. The hotel, originally the Thunderbird, opened its doors 02 September 1948. The name changed to the Silverbird Hotel and Casino in 1977 and then El Rancho in 1981. (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The remaining towers of the Desert Inn Hotel are seen moments before they are imploded Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, in Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Boulevard "strip." The buildings are being cleared to make way for expansion of the not-yet-opened Wynn Resort Hotel and Casino. The Desert Inn was once home to billionaire recluse Howard Hughes.(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
The remaining towers of the Desert Inn Hotel are imploded Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 in Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Boulevard "strip." The buildings are being cleared to make way for expansion of the not-yet-opened Wynn Resort Hotel and Casino. The Desert Inn was once home to billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
The remaining towers of the Desert Inn Hotel are imploded Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 in Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Boulevard "strip." The buildings are being cleared to make way for expansion of the not-yet-opened Wynn Resort Hotel and Casino. The Desert Inn was once home to billionaire recluse Howard Hughes.(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
The remaining towers of the Desert Inn Hotel are imploded Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 in Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Boulevard "strip." The buildings are being cleared to make way for expansion of the not-yet-opened Wynn Resort Hotel and Casino. The Desert Inn was once home to billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - In the end, demolition workers used an Old West method on Tuesday to finish an incomplete casino implosion in Las Vegas.

"They lassoed the building with steel cables, got a crane, and pulled and pulled and pulled," Clarion hotel-casino site owner Lorenzo Doumani said after a stubborn elevator shaft was brought down.

"The building is finally down," he said late in the afternoon.

So ended the 13-hour saga of the 13th hotel implosion in Las Vegas since 1993.

The 200-room building between the Strip and the Las Vegas Convention Center opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn, and over the years had been known in various incarnations as the Debbie Reynolds for its one-time owner and as the Greek Isles and the Paddle Wheel.

It was mostly reduced to the dustbin of Las Vegas history by a 2-ton explosive punch about 3 a.m. that didn't quite topple the elevator shaft as the 12-story, former casino-hotel came down around it.

When the dust cleared, the concrete block structure had dropped about four stories but still stood upright - and leaning - at a height of about 100 feet.

Anthony Schlecht, corporate safety coordinator for Burke Construction, said he was investigating why the shaft didn't collapse with the rest of the structure.

With no wrecking balls immediately available and the remainder of the building considered a safety hazard, crews went to Plan B - cables and a crane, Doumani said.

The Clarion was no marquee property on the scale of the Stardust, which was imploded eight years ago, or the Dunes, which made way in 1993 for the Bellagio.

The Clarion's building and rooms resembling cubicles just didn't work, Doumani said.

Between 2004 and 2007, six Vegas properties were brought down. But in the eight years since then, the only Strip-side implosions involved a segment of the Tropicana and a parking structure.

Doumani said he hopes to have a plan in place by the end of the year to build a 60-story hotel tower without condos or a casino that could be the tallest occupied building in Las Vegas.

As for that number 13? Doumani said not to expect any happenings on the site on Friday the 13th.

Amanda Dickerson never stayed at the Clarion or any of its incarnations, but she reveled in its demise after traveling from Ripon, Wisconsin, to check off an unlikely item on her life's bucket list: witness a building implosion in person.

"We don't do this in Wisconsin," she said after the dust had almost settled in the morning. "It was truly amazing."

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