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    The Clarion casino-hotel in Las Vegas was demolished on Tuesday morning.

    Las Vegas Hotel Implodes Into Pile of Rubble (VIDEO)

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    The Clarion casino-hotel in Las Vegas suffered the same fate as countless Sin City dreams – that is to say, it crumbled into dust before vanishing into the desert sky.

    More than 4,400 pounds of explosives were used Tuesday during the pre-dawn demolition of the 12-story structure, which was cleared to make way for new construction.

    But, the building had a sort of ace in the hole: Its elevator shaft dropped about four stories and remained, leaning a bit to one side. Now crews are planning a little more work to finish the job.

    The 200-room hotel-casino opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn. It was known over the years as the Debbie Reynolds – for its one-time owner – as well as the Greek Isles and the Paddle Wheel.

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