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Two Oklahoma casinos evacuated after bomb threats, no explosives

Posted: July 31, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

Last update: July 31, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

Indigo Sky Casino and Resort was evacuated twice on Saturday – once in the morning and much longer in the evening – after bomb threats against the Oklahoma gambling complex, according to a local report. A second nearby casino was also evacuated. No bombs or explosives were found in either location.

Indigo Sky Casino and Resort in Oklahoma,
Indigo Sky Casino and Resort in Oklahoma, pictured above. He was evacuated twice on Saturday. A nearby casino was evacuated once. Bomb threats were issued. No bomb was found. (Picture: Groupon)

During the longer evacuation, guests were asked to leave the Indigo Sky Casino complex around 7 p.m. and could not return to the premises until 1 p.m. For several hours they were forced off the grounds outside the casino while a search took place. They were kept away from the nearby hotel for six hours.

The second bomb threat was contained in a note discovered in the casino toilet around 6.30pm on Saturday.

The note appeared to be quite threatening and specific, indicating that there was indeed a bomb located somewhere on the property, although it did not say where that location was,” revealed Melanie Heskett, Managing Director of Indigo Sky. Casino and Resort. KSNa local television channel.

This prompted Wyandotte Casino, Okla. to evacuate patrons and employees of the gaming property and neighboring hotel.

The hotel reopened around 1 a.m. Sunday. The casino was due to reopen around 8 a.m. Sunday.

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) bomb disposal team, the Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs assisted in the search.

Specially trained TPD and OHP bomb-sniffing dogs searched the entire compound for several hours, KSN said. No arrests were made.

“We have a lot of people on our floors and a lot of staff on Saturday nights,” Heskett said. “We alerted guests and team members. All were great.

Of course, there were those who were unhappy. But we expect that and hope they will continue to trust us with their safety and entertainment needs.

Forced to leave

Casino visitor Hugh Smith of Springdale, Ark., said KSN that around 7 p.m., someone entered the casino bar and grill. Restaurant customers were ordered to leave.

We left our food and stuff,” Smith recalled. “Workers were yelling at people to run and there was no time to wait for anyone or cash in.”

Tanya Stone, of Anderson, Okla., also told KSN how she was having dinner when they were ordered to leave.

“Everyone got up and left,” Stone said. About an hour later, the security guards came out. The assembled guests were asked to leave the parking lot.

An hour and a half later, security came out and told everyone to go to the grass and get away from the building,” Stone said. Four hours later, security guards told guests to leave the property, she said. “They offered to transport people to Riverbend [Casino] for the night.”

Several of the evacuees had no medicine, car keys or money with them, Stone said. Late Saturday night, guests were told they could return to the Indigo Sky Casino Hotel.

From Sunday morning, customers could return to collect personal items, casino chips, winnings and slot machine tickets.

Early evacuation

Twelve hours earlier on Saturday, around 6:30 a.m., a first evacuation took place at the Indigo Sky casino after a “possible threat”. KSN said, citing officials. Two hours later, employees and patrons were allowed back into the casino. Details on this threat were not immediately available.

Additionally, Saturday night, the Outpost Casino, also located in Wyandotte, Okla., was also evacuated and searched. The movement was preventive, KSN added.

Indigo Sky Casino and Resort and Outpost Casino are both owned and operated by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The casinos are approximately 91 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla.