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June 14th, 2016 at 10:20:14 AM permalink
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I was there. An awful lot of waiting,followed by some Intense fireworks..



What time did it go down? I heard 2 AM was planned. In case anyone is wondering, laziness won out, as usual, as I slept through it.
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June 14th, 2016 at 1:17:07 PM permalink
I believe it was supposed to go at 220 AM.,
Like everything in Vegas, it went off almost exactly on time, thirty minutes late.
Not sure the exact time, but it was well after 230.
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June 14th, 2016 at 5:34:44 PM permalink
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Here's the short version.

https://youtu.be/wZdlizuOkUg



Wowie! Many thanx for the video link.

In 1999 I saw them demolish the Waldorf Hotel in downtown Seattle. Even though it was only about 8 stories tall, it was quite a show. And, bless their hearts, they scheduled it for 9 am.
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June 16th, 2016 at 4:27:59 PM permalink
I watched the video and was curious why the flood lights went out. Was it intended, or did someone or something cut the power prematurely.

There were "Countdown" fireworks fired into the sky above the event which were very cool.
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June 17th, 2016 at 2:28:19 PM permalink
To clarify the asbestos discussion, the Monaco Tower that imploded this week was constructed in 1987 and opened in 1988, long after asbestos ceased in construction. The Monte Carlo Tower dates to about 1975 and has asbestos and lead paint in the walls and stucco. It is being covered by a gigantic sheet and that toxic material will be chiseled off over the next two months. If you look at the building now, the interior walls are probably already done.

The Monaco Tower likely had to be imploded first, even if there wasn't any asbestos in Monte Carlo Tower. The Monaco Tower was built into the crevice underneath the suite floors of the Monte Carlo Tower.
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June 17th, 2016 at 2:32:04 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I watched the video and was curious why the flood lights went out. Was it intended, or did someone or something cut the power prematurely.

There were "Countdown" fireworks fired into the sky above the event which were very cool.



We watched it from the Springhill Suites parking garage. The last fireworks before the ones on top of the tower reminded me of a 21-gun salute.

Maybe the flood lights went out due to the explosion that damaged the electrical. It looks like it happened right about the same time the Riviera sign went out but that could have been from its destruction. It flickered a couple of times before hitting the ground.
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June 17th, 2016 at 3:39:26 PM permalink
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To clarify the asbestos discussion, the Monaco Tower that imploded this week was constructed in 1987 and opened in 1988, long after asbestos ceased in construction. The Monte Carlo Tower dates to about 1975 and has asbestos and lead paint in the walls and stucco. It is being covered by a gigantic sheet and that toxic material will be chiseled off over the next two months. If you look at the building now, the interior walls are probably already done.

The Monaco Tower likely had to be imploded first, even if there wasn't any asbestos in Monte Carlo Tower. The Monaco Tower was built into the crevice underneath the suite floors of the Monte Carlo Tower.

Thanks for the details on that. The cutoff dates sound right, and I wondered. I don't have any citation of the source handy, but I have read somewhere in the local business press that the a major reason Binion's hotel continues to sit vacant is that the current owner discovered that the mandatory asbestos remediation costs involved in doing anything, whether major remodeling or demolition & reconstruction, would be astronomical compared to the value of that property.
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June 17th, 2016 at 4:24:50 PM permalink
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Thanks for the details on that. The cutoff dates sound right, and I wondered. I don't have any citation of the source handy, but I have read somewhere in the local business press that the a major reason Binion's hotel continues to sit vacant is that the current owner discovered that the mandatory asbestos remediation costs involved in doing anything, whether major remodeling or demolition & reconstruction, would be astronomical compared to the value of that property.



They deny this when asked directly. A rep told me that the plumbing and wiring need to be completely rebuilt and that expense makes the hotel not worth repairing, at least at this time. I suppose if there is asbestos in those walls (why wouldn't there be considering the era of the structure?) then that becomes a real problem.

Binion's Facebook page did a tour of the hotel a year or so ago. It is still furnished and looks like it did when it operated, although all of that furniture is probably worthless.

I believe both of the towers at Las Vegas Club are too new to be from the asbestos era. I don't guess we will get an implosion there though for several reasons (FSE, Viva Vision screens, proximity of several occupied hotels). If they demolish it, my guess is they do it piece-by-piece like Harmon.

I wonder how much work they could do to the hotel at Binion's without having to close the casino if it has to come down one day. That hotel will probably sit idle for many years or maybe even decades.

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