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Former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City demolished

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A controlled implosion Wednesday morning took down the building that once housed the Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City. CBSN's Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers have the story.

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ANNE-MARIE GREEN: The former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on the boardwalk there has been reduced to rubble. It reportedly took about 3,000 pieces of dynamite to implode the 34-story building in less than 20 seconds. Nearby Jersey Shore businesses offered packages ahead of the explosion for people who wanted maybe a front-row seat.

The hotel and casino first opened in 1984 and was a celebrity hangout when major events such as a Mike Tyson boxing match, a Rolling Stones concert was held at the neighboring Boardwalk Hall. The building has been closed, however, since 2014. And though former President Trump built it, the building has been owned by Billionaire Carl Icahn since 2016.

And just a little, little bit of back story there, Vlad, Atlantic City actually auctioned off the right to press the demolition button. The bid got as high as $175,000, and all that money was going to go to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City. Great organization.

Only problem is the owner, Carl Icahn, is actually a really good friend of Donald Trump. And he did not think that was a very good idea at all, and he refused to cooperate. So they had to scrap the idea of getting donations, and there you see the implosion.

Now, Carl Icahn, one of his foundations, actually did donate the money, so the Boys and Girls Club still benefits from this. But yeah, I guess it's pretty hard to hang out with your friend if you participated in something like that where people are-- are actually bidding to destroy the property.

VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: That's really interesting. I did not know that.

ANNE-MARIE GREEN: Yeah, yeah. Hopefully something beautiful will go in its place.