Donald Trump's old casino demolished after falling into state of disrepair

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It used to play host to glamorous stars and famous faces - but now, the former Trump Plaza casino has been reduced to rubble.

The Atlantic City building was imploded after falling into such disrepair that chunks began peeling off and crashing to the ground.

It took less than 20 seconds for the 32-storey structure to collapse - and bystanders were heard cheering as they watched the demolition take place from afar.

Thousands also tuned into a livestream to see the one-time jewel of Mr Trump's casino empire get torn down.

Although the former president built the casino, the property is now owned by Carl Icahn, a billionaire who acquired the two remaining Trump casinos in 2016 from the last of their bankruptcies.

Mayor Marty Small said: "I got chills. This is a historic moment. It was exciting."

Rubble that's about eight storeys tall remains after the implosion, and it will be cleared using heavy equipment by mid-June.

This paves the way for a prime development opportunity on the middle of the Boardwalk.

Bernie Dillon, who served as the casino's event manager from 1984 to 1991, said: "The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world was really incredible.

"Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities. One night before a Tyson fight I stopped dead in my tracks and looked about four rows in as the place was filling up, and there were two guys leaning in close and having a private conversation: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.

"It was like that a lot: You had Madonna and Sean Penn walking in, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah sitting with Donald ringside."

For a time, Trump Plaza was the most successful casino in Atlantic City - and it even appeared in Ocean's Eleven - but the venue closed its doors in 2014.

Things began to sour for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990.

By the time of its closure, it took as much money from gamblers in eight-and-a-half months as a market-leading rival did every two weeks.