One Of The Worst Disasters In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Nevada

Given the multitude of natural and other disasters that have occurred across the United States, many people don’t know that one of the worst disasters in U.S. history occurred right here in Nevada.

On 21 November 1980 a devastating fire erupted at the MGM Grand Hotel at 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South. The fire killed 85 people and injured 650 guests, employees, and firefighters, many through smoke inhalation. Today, this horrific fire remains the worst disaster in Nevada history and the third-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history.

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Just 90 days after the devastating MGM fire, another broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton. This triggered a major overhaul of fire safety codes and guidelines. In 1981, a Nevada law went into effect that requires all buildings open to the public must have smoke detectors in rooms and elevators, fire sprinklers, and exit maps in all rooms. Today, Nevada remains a leader in national fire safety regulations.

Do you remember this horrible tragedy—one of the worst disasters in U.S. history?