The official time of death of Donald Trump’s presence in Atlantic City, N.J., is 9:08 a.m. EST, Feb. 17, 2021. That’s the precise moment thousands of sticks of dynamite were ignited inside the shell of the long-shuttered Trump Plaza casino hotel on the city’s famed boardwalk.
Just seconds after the blast began Trump’s one time pride and joy was reduced to a pile of rubble. Hundreds of people gathered on the beach and at nearby Bader Airfield on a frigid Wednesday morning to watch and cheer on the spectacle. Nearby bars held watch parties.
Originally Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small had wanted to hold an auction for the privilege of pushing the button that triggered the explosions, but the current owner, investor Carl Icahn, nixed the idea. Proceeds of the auction would have gone to the local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Residents and business owners in the vicinity of the property were only too happy to see the tower come down. In recent years it had become a danger to the neighborhood as pieces of the facade blew off in high winds, showering the area with debris. The building had been wrapped in black netting and was a huge eyesore on the city’s skyline.
Anthony and Carrie Ariemma, who own the Bare Exposure strip club just steps from the former casino at Mississippi and Pacific Avenues, said that the 37-story tower also has been denying the block of much needed sunlight and made that part of the city look dark.
Trump Plaza opened in 1984. Trump lost the property in a 2009 bankruptcy, one of his six, and the casino permanently shut its doors in 2014. There’s no word yet on what Icahn intends to do with the property once the Trump rubble is removed.
You can watch the building’s implosion below, courtesy of The Press of Atlantic City.
There it is. pic.twitter.com/sb9HElZxKE
— Ahmad Austin (@AhmadAustinJr) February 17, 2021