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The Harmon Building in Las Vegas. (Courtesy vrysxy/flickr)

The Harmon Building (right) adjacent to the Crystals (left) in Las Vegas. (Courtesy vrysxy/flickr)

It’s official. Norman Foster’s unfinished and beleaguered Harmon Building at Las Vegas’ CityCenter is among the walking dead. Its owner MGM has announced its intention to implode the building, whose construction was plagued by incorrectly-installed rebar. These severe structural flaws led to a decision in 2009 to scrap the top half of the building, and it’s been sitting unoccupied ever since.

But what better way to send off what must be among the biggest buildings never occupied than a collection of the most spectacular implosions Las Vegas can muster? There are fireworks, spotlights, music, and lots of gawking onlookers. This stuff is fun, trust us.

Before we get to the explosions, let’s take a quick walk down memory lane with this video of CityCenter’s original grand plan, including the full-scale Harmon.

Now on to the implosions!

Implosion of the Stardust

Implosion of the Sands

Implosion of the Aladdin Hotel

Implosion of the Landmark

Implosion of the Castaways

Implosion of the Frontier

And the grand finale

Still can’t get enough? We highly recommend checking out this article and this one too  about some of the best-ever Vegas implosions.

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