The City Destroyer's shadow falling over Los Angeles
|Location||California, United States|
|Events||War of 1996|
Los Angeles was obliterated during the War of 1996. Prior to the attack crowds of UFO enthusiasts gathered on top of skyscrapers, such as the First Interstate Bank World Center (which was the primary landmark targeted by the City Destroyer) to welcome the aliens directly beneath the City Destroyer's center.
First Lady Marilyn Whitmore was in the city attending a campaign fundraiser and barely survived the destruction. Jasmine Dubrow and her son Dylan helped in finding survivors, including the First Lady, and led them to El Toro.
The Destruction of Los Angeles
Los Angeles after the destruction
The Battle of Los Angeles
Behind the Scenes
- The digital particle fire elements designed to match pyrotechnician Joseph Viskocil's miniature explosions was used for the wide shot of the expanding blast ring in Los Angeles.
- Visual effects supervisor Volker Engel makes a cameo in the LA destruction sequence as a "guy doing some filing" inside an office building.
- The ruins of Los Angeles were shot at the Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana, California, the location used for the post-apocalyptic terrain at the beginning of Terminator 2 (1991). Clay Pinney and his practical effects team spent two weeks dressing the location with propane fires, broken fire hydrants and burnt-out cars prior to filming. They also created a two-hundred-foot wall of smoke to hide the undamaged buildings in the background.