The Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City was destroyed in a series of explosions at 9 a.m. Wednesday that saw the luxury boardwalk building crumble into a giant cloud of dust in less than 20 seconds.
It was Atlantic City's tenth casino and, in addition to gambling, hosted heavyweight boxing prize fights.
Atlantic City's Facebook page will be streaming the event, which has helped generate some goodwill towards the community.
"He said: "[Trump] was selfish, took advantage of some people, hurt some people. and stiffed some".
Vineland, New Jersey, residents Bill Cavallo and Dennis Campanella were among the first people at Bader Field Wednesday morning to witness implosion.
"If they got some actual work accomplished, all the better, but if necessary, he should have the bulldozers dig up dirt from one side of the site and dump it on the other", he said.
For Campanella, Wednesday's implosion marked a first for him. "It's Atlantic City. You come here so many times over the years and you get used to seeing these different buildings".
Trump, himself, played no role in Cavallo and Campanella's desire to see the implosion. "This is not about politics", Small said. He came dressed as "Implosion Man", wearing a dynamite costume.
The city asked that the building be demolished because it had fallen into disrepair, and debris was falling to the boardwalk below.
The mayor proposed using the demolition as a fundraiser for the Boys And Girls Club of Atlantic City, and began an auction for the right to press the button that would bring the structure down.
By the time it closed, Trump Plaza was the poorest-performing casino in Atlantic City, taking in as much money from gamblers in eight-and-a-half months as the market-leading Borgata did every two weeks. This building had been closed since 2014.
The Trump Taj Mahal, one of the casinos acquired by Mr Icahn, has since reopened under new ownership as the Hard Rock.
The Trump Plaza implosion will see roadway and sidewalk closures within several blocks of the former hotel beginning at 6:00 a.m., which will include the Boardwalk and beach areas between Georgia and Arkansas avenues.
It seems like forever, but we've finally reached the point where the Trump Plaza is coming down in Atlantic City.