Riviera Hotel Las Vegas Tower Imploded (VIDEO)

The Las Vegas Strip wiped another piece of its history off the map early today, as the most prominent portion of the once-glamorous Riviera was imploded to make way for a new development.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m., the Riviera’s 24-story Monaco Tower met a splashy and swift demise while onlookers watched from parking lots, sidewalks, neighboring buildings and even a helicopter. The implosion was preceded by a robust fireworks show and, in typical Las Vegas fashion, festivities included a VIP area with live music, food, drinks and showgirls.


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