Video: Tower of Las Vegas hotel refuses to fall during implosion

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KVVU) — A second blast will likely be needed to complete the demolition of the Clarion Hotel and Casino, which was imploded Tuesday morning.

About 10 seconds was all it took to bring down most of the 12-story, 200-room hotel that has stood for 45 years.

Originally slated for 2:30 a.m., the big bang was delayed for about a half-hour as police were called in to clear out five people who were inside the blast zone. Eventually, a series of explosions leveled much of the building as onlookers packed nearby parking garages to witness the spectacle.

When the dust cleared, a tower of the building was left standing. Crews said they were trying to determine why that section didn’t collapse along with the rest of the building. However, they said a second round of explosions would likely be needed to finish the demolition.

Once the demolition is complete, crews will spend about a month cleaning up the rubble.

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