In the United States, a huge bomb planted in Nevada casino by an extortionist exploded on Thursday (28 August) causing extensive damage.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Harvey's Casino, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.A.
SV Officials walking in front of hotel
GV Casino with traffic passing (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Workmen examining building
SV School bus travelling past camera
SV Policemen standing around motorbikes
CU Gerard Patten, (Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office) speaking to newsmen in English
GV Casino blast, followed by smoke
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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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.