In Atlantic City, it was the end of an era. The Trump Plaza came crumbling down shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning with nothing but a billowing cloud of smoke and debris left in its place.
The former hotel and casino has been vacant since it closed in 2014 — one of four casinos that shuttered at the time, victims of an oversaturated market. Some reported bidding hundreds of dollars to get a front row seat to the implosion. Others bundled up and watched from the beach.
It took just 20 seconds to bring down what was once the crown jewel of former President Donald Trump’s casino empire and comes less than a week since Trump was acquitted of inciting a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.