Donald Trump’s former Atlantic City casino was demolished Wednesday morning.
Billionaire Carl Icahn bought the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, as part of a larger purchase of Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2016, while the former U.S. President’s company was in bankruptcy. Icahn’s buy also earned him rights to the Trump Taj Mahal, which he sold to Hard Rock International in 2016, which later became Hard Rock Atlantic City.
The now-demolished casino opened in 1984 and was one of the most successful casinos in the city for a brief stint. In 2014, however, it closed its doors and was one of the worst-performing casinos in town.
Originally, the city was auctioning off the rights to demolish the casino as a way to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, but Icahn nixed those plans, citing safety concerns from making the demolition a public spectacle. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small originally planned to raise $1 million through the auction.
At the time of the cancellation, the highest bid was $175,000. Icahn said he will donate that amount himself to the city’s Boys & Girls Club.
You can watch the implosion in the video below: