BLACK HAWK, Colo. (CBS4) – After the smoke and dust settled in Black Hawk on Wednesday morning, there was only a pile of rubble where a parking structure once stood.

What took six weeks to rig took only seconds to come down.

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The Monarch Casino’s parking garage was destroyed at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to make room for a new 23-story luxury gaming resort and spa.

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“If you build it they will come,” said Monarch Casino COO David Farahi.

Main Street was closed for several hours during the preparation, implosion and cleanup.

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Crews used more than 300 pounds of explosives to bring that parking deck down.

The new hotel will be open by 2018 if all goes according to plan.

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(credit: CBS)

“The casino industry employs around 2,000 or more people in our county; and when you consider we have about 6,000 people who live up here, it a pretty important part of our economy,” said Linda Isenhart, Gilpin County Commissioner.

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