Dunes Implosion Question
Started by Romaman on Sunday, 27th October 2013 5:02 pm
Well, its been 20 years since the Dunes was imploded to make way for the Bellagio and spend 5 (more like 60) minutes watching video footage of the implosion and found that it was much different than any other implosion i've seen.
Well, every implosion of a building i've seen usually has the bombs explode inside the building and then it falls after a few seconds of silence but the Dunes...it looked like it was more of an explosion than an implosion cause the whole building ended up looking like a big fireball before collapsing than your typical implosion.
So what i'm trying to say is..why is this? Did Steve Wynn make it like that to make it look cooler?
Last response by GregK 27th October 8:37pm
Chuckmonster responded on Sunday, 27th October 2013
Steve made it a show... ordering the "Captain of the Brittania" to blow up the Dunes. With a timed explosion from Treasure Island, that then caused the Dunes to erupt into a Fireball. all the way down the strip, past Mirage and Caesars (before all the strip frontage was built up) to implode the Dunes.
The building was torched not only to make a spectacular show for those nearby, but to be able to be seen a large Vegas block away from the throngs watching from Buccaneer Bay outside Treasure Island and volcano side at Mirage. Steve obviously didn't want people standing outside of Caesars Palace watching this, with great purpose and forethought he used entertainment to "control the midway" from both locations and keep viewers closest to the craps tables under his control.
level42 responded on Sunday, 27th October 2013
I remember it...I was there...and...yes...it was huge. We actually had no idea they were imploding The Dunes...in fact...it kinda freaked us out. This was pre-internet so we didn't exactly have all the details on the festivities. I believe we were walking from Stardust to TI when they blew it up...I remember seeing the explosion from all the way up there. Somewhere, I have a photo of the cloud of smoke afterward. Like Chuck said...I'm certain Steve wanted it big so everyone up the strip could see it. I believe I read somewhere that he spent a pile of money getting every light on The Dunes sign working pre-implosion...that thing had looked awful for years. Good memories...but it didn't seem like a big deal back then...just another day in Vegas, haha.