Bomb threat forces evacuation of Ontario’s Casino Rama Resort
Rama Resort is forced to halt operations and clear its property while bomb specialists are called in
Bomb threats can’t be taken lightly and a casino facility in Ontario was closed for almost four hours yesterday afternoon while authorities searched for the potential danger. Casino Rama Resort in Orillia, Ontario, was evacuated after the police received a threat from an anonymous called about a bomb somewhere on the property. According to Rob Mitchell, spokesperson for the company behind the casino, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) originally received the threat and warned the resort at around 2 PM. By 6 PM the OPP gave the casino green light to resume operations after no bomb was found.
“Everything is back to business as usual,” Mitchell told CBC Toronto. “We’re relieved it’s over with, but it was a very orderly evacuation. Our guests were very patient, and everything ran very smoothly.” Mitchell confirmed that several staff members, along with the OPP and officers from Rama started evacuating all the people inside of the resort immediately after the threat. “We immediately undertook to evacuate the facility. That included all our guests at the hotel, on the gaming floor and the entire facility was evacuated and went into lockdown,” he added. Nearby businesses and a school were also put on lockdown.
During the evacuation, some of the hotel guests went across the street from the resort to the community center that is run by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. Other customers waited in their cars while the situation was cleared, and some people decided to go to another hotel nearby. While the events developed the casino said in a series of tweets that, in the interest of public safety, the building was being evacuated. “Our priority is ensuring the safety of customers and employees while the police continue to investigate this threat,” Casino Rama Resort said at the time.