Bomb threat prompts casino evacuation

Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 4:08 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

GOLDSBY, Okla. -- One of the state's largest casinos was evacuated Friday night after a bomb threat, a casino spokeswoman said.

Riverwind Casino spokeswoman Kym Koch said someone called the casino Friday night from a pay phone across the street and indicated there was a bomb inside the building.

The casino owned by the Chickasaw Nation is located just south of Norman along Interstate 35.

Casino patrons and employees were ordered to leave the building about 9:45 p.m. Koch says after security teams searched the buildings, customers were allowed to return about one-and-a-half hours later.

Customers said they were told to leave right away and some who had valet parked were not able to take the cars with them. 

Becky Robertson was having dinner at a restaurant and said the evacuation was chaotic.

"Everybody was running," she said. "I saw a couple of people fall down, a lot of chaos."