While next month will see the New Frontier become the 15th casino to be imploded in Las Vegas, Atlantic City had it’s first ever controlled demolition on the Boardwalk on Thursday when the Sands was turned to dust.
Several videos have hit YouTube. This one has the best view I’ve found but skip in 1m15s if you want to avoid watching a dude with a hard hat talking about explosives and get straight to the action.
To see more of the preceding fireworks, check out the video of the live MSNBC coverage, with which you also get to listen to some fantastic analysis by the announcer. "Looks like the dynamite hasn’t gone off yet", he says, which clearly explains why the building is still standing. Invaluable.
This amateur video is also worth a look. It was shot from the roof of Bally’s and shows all the fireworks and a view of the tower collapsing from really close by. The best bit, though, is right at the end where you see everyone legging it back into the casino approximately two seconds after it’s hit the ground. After all, they went there to gamble…