• Short Summary

    In the United States, a huge bomb planted in Nevada casino by an extortionist exploded on Thursday (28 August) causing extensive damage.

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    SV PULL OUT TO GV Harvey's Casino, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.A.
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    SV Officials walking in front of hotel
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    3.
    GV Casino with traffic passing (2 shots)
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    GV ZOOM IN TO SV Workmen examining building
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    SV School bus travelling past camera
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    SV Policemen standing around motorbikes
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    CU Gerard Patten, (Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office) speaking to newsmen in English
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    GV Casino blast, followed by smoke
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    GERARD PATTEN, DOUGLAS CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: "They're going to try to dismantle to or they're going to try to move it. I understand those are the two decisions that are being weighed at this point. Detonating that thing is the absolute last choice."





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the United States, a huge bomb planted in Nevada casino by an extortionist exploded on Thursday (28 August) causing extensive damage. The extortionist demanded three million dollars in return for details of how to defuse the bomb. The explosion occurred after army experts attempted to disarm it. No-one was hurt.

    SYNOPSIS: Harvey's Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was the target of the blackmail threat. The bomb was placed on the second floor of the hotel in a box which disguised it as a copying machine. Police evacuated a wide area surrounding the hotel.

    X-rays had shown that the bomb had an intricate mechanism to set it off if moved. An official of the county Sheriff's Office outlined the police approach to the situation.

    Police estimated the bomb to have an explosive force equivalent to 500 killogrammes (1,100 pounds) of TNT. They had apparently taken the decision to detonate the device but the blast occurred ahead of schedule.

    The blast severely damaged the interior of the hotel and debris was hurled into the street. Heavy sandbagging of the surrounding area prevented further damage and the earlier evacuation ensured there were no casualties.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADT7YJ446Q1PWDMFL66V0ULEH5
    Media URN:
    VLVADT7YJ446Q1PWDMFL66V0ULEH5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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