Atlantic City Casinos Plunged Into Darkness After Power Outage

Published: 30th September 2019
Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 30th September 2019

Several Boardwalk casinos plummeted into darkness on Sunday evening after Atlantic City in New Jersey was hit by a power outage.

According to data supplied by Atlantic City Electric, lightning hit a power line just before 1 am on Sunday triggered the extensive electrical outage.

Approximately 9,400 Atlantic City casinos clients were revealed to have been impacted by energy failure. It meant some town visitors remained stuck in elevators, while casino players remained looking at dark slot machines.

Commenting on the event on Sunday afternoon, Chief Scott Evans of the Atlantic City Fire Department said their funds were spreading thinly as the department responded to different calls. Four casino estates–Bally’s, Borgata, Ocean Casino Resort, and Resorts Casino Hotel –switched to the lift extraction office.

One person was recorded stuck in an elevator inside Harrah’s, but personnel on-site installations were prepared to extract the stranded individual securely and quickly.

The New Jersey State Police, which controls the casino floors of Atlantic City, said Sunday that during the extensive power outage in the famous gambling centre, it did not obtain any calls for emergency service.

It is known that a lightning strike struck Ocean Casino Resort on Sunday just before 1:30 am. Mr. Evans said three workers from the Fire Department replied to the hotel and casino resort in order to resolve the problems created by the power outage.

A spokesman for Atlantic City Electric said the average of four and a half hours was what it took to return the electricity supply to the impacted casinos.

While the power outage disrupted the game of slot machine games, no economic damages arising from the event are probable to have been suffered. Slot machines at gambling locations are fitted with uninterruptible power supplies powered by batteries that recover electricity rapidly in the event of power failure.

Furthermore, both the gaming machines themselves and the loyalty program cards track all play on each individual device until energy is wasted for one or another purpose. One fan was playing at Golden Nugget when the power outage caused her slot machine to go out. She said she had a credit slip written by a casino manager, which she was willing to deposit before she left the gaming floor.

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