|Las Vegas felt the ripples of the tidal wave of terror caused by yesterdays horrific attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The 50-story Stratosphere tower and The Forum Shops mall at Caesars Palace were closed in fear of terrorist attacks, and the Las Vegas Convention Centre was evacuated following a so far unsubstantiated bomb threat.|
Major landmarks were not the only places to feel the after-effects of yesterdays tragic events, hotels along the strip were struggling to find spaces for the thousands of tourists unable to leave after the government grounded all flights in the country.
An estimated 300 people attempted to catch buses at the Greyhound bus terminal, where a security guard said they were not selling tickets for any buses travelling east. Car rental companies were flooded with requests as people sought ways of getting out of the city.
Rob Powers, a spokesman for the LVCVA estimated that there were 250,000 tourists in the city and was confidant that there would be enough accommodation for all of them.
Despite the havoc caused by the catastrophic events in New York and Washington people continued to gamble at the tables and slot machines of the casinos, one craps dealer said simply, “Nothing stops in Las Vegas.”