Suspicious Device at Legends Casino Puts Bomb Squad on High Alert
On Tuesday morning, a suspicious device discovered in a garbage can at Legends Casino combined with a bomb threat directed at the casino earlier in the day, resulted in the evacuation of more than 750 people from the casino.
Maintenance workers at the at the casino found the device in a garbage can outside the main entrance at around 10am, shortly after opening.
Tribal Police responded first and said the device looked like a bomb. They then began the evacuation of the 600 patrons and 150 casino staff in groups of 20 through a side door.
Surrounding buildings including a housing facility, medical clinic and cultural center were placed on lockdown. Everyone was evacuated in a timely manner without any panic or disorder.
The ATF, FBI and Yakima County Sheriff’s office arrived at the scene and the Washing State bomb squad deployed a robot to investigate further.
The garbage can in question was tipped over and upon further inspection, it was established that the suspicious device was in fact not a bomb. Casino employees returned later in the afternoon but the casino remained closed to guests into Tuesday night.