February 25, 2021

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Here’s what the Trump Plaza implosion looked like from all around Atlantic City

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In a thunderous roar that echoed across Atlantic City and out over the beaches, all 39 stories and more than three decades of history of the Trump Plaza came crumbling down in an implosion on Wednesday.

The former hotel and casino, the first one to bear the former president’s name in the Jersey Shore resort gambling mecca, has sat vacant since it was closed in 2014, thirty years after it opened.

About 200 cars full of onlookers gathered at Bader Field on the other side of the city to watch the implosion, while others who paid to have the best seats in the house gathered at the OneAtlantic Pier to watch it come down. Others, bundled up, watched from the beach outside the exclusion zone.

The implosion marks the end of an era. Trump Plaza was the tenth casino to open in Atlantic City when it welcomed gamblers in May 1984, seven years after the legalization of gambling in 1977. But after a string of bankruptcies, Trump eventually lost majority ownership of the property. For years after it closed — putting thousands out of work — the building was vacant, passing ownership from Trump Entertainment Resorts to Icahn Enterprises in 2016.

Mayor Marty Small made it a goal of his administration in 2020 to tear down the building — which had pieces of its facade falling onto the boardwalk after a storm — which he called “an embarrassment.”

“It’s blight on our skyline, and that’s the biggest eyesore in town,” he said.

Now, he said city officials will begin talks with Ichan to see what the future holds for the beachfront property.

Here’s what the implosion looked like from various vantage points throughout the city on Wednesday.

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded Wednesday morning Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City, N.J. Feb. 17, 2021Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City, N.J. Feb. 17, 2021Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump plaza implosion

Spectators on the beach view the Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City, N.J. Feb. 17, 2021 Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

Dust and debris from the Trump Plaza implosion heads toward people watching on the beach in Atlantic City, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

Waiting at Bader Field for the Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump Plaza implosion

People stand at Bader Field to watch the Trump Plaza implosion on Feb. 17, 2020.Joe Warner

Trump Plaza implosion

Marty Small speaks to reporters before the Trump Plaza implosion on Feb. 17, 2020.

Trump Plaza implosion

Lou Woloszyn, of Philadelphia, dressed up for the Trump Plaza implosion.Katie Kausch

Trump Plaza implosion

People parked their cars at Bader Field to watch the Trump Plaza implosion on Feb. 17, 2020.Joe Warner

Trump Plaza implosion

People stand at Bader Field to watch the Trump Plaza implosion on Feb. 17, 2020.Joe Warner

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 21, 2021

Specators at Bader Field take pictures and vides as Trump Plaza implodes in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 21, 2021

Trump Plaza implosion seen from Bader Field in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 21, 2021

Specators at Bader Field take pictures and vides as Trump Plaza implodes in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 21, 2021

Trump Plaza implosion seen from Bader Field in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

Trump Plaza implosion, Feb. 17, 2021

People gather on the beach to watch the Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Trump Plaza implosion

Trump Plaza in Atlantic City after it was imploded, Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2021. The hotel and casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014.Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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