The High Roller of the Las Vegas Strip blocks 150 passengers on Friday night


The High Roller at The Linq stopped last Friday evening, leaving some 150 people stranded for about 90 minutes on the giant observation wheel.

“The High Roller observation wheel was stopped while rotating on Friday night, due to a network connectivity issue involving one of the booths,” said a spokesperson for Caesars Entertainment. “About 150 passengers were on the steering wheel at the time. Engineers solved the network problem in about 90 minutes, the wheel spinning resumed, and all passengers disembarked safely and were reimbursed.

The Clark County Fire Department later responded to the area, but did not need to perform a rescue as the issue was resolved by maintenance officers.

“They were getting ready to perform a rescue, but a maintenance technician performed a reset and released the clutch so the buckets stabilized.” Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said. “They lowered the pods and evacuated them all one at a time. “

The last time the High Roller made an unscheduled stop was on April 16, 2016, when at 2:25 a.m. one of the control panels malfunctioned in a cabin, causing the trip to stop automatically, according to a Caesars incident report.

“It would have been a really dangerous rescue procedure to bypass the cabin system and move the wheel, as the cabin would have started to tilt,” investigators wrote in the report, which is maintained by Clark County.

The cabin was restarted and the 10 guests on board were evacuated from the basket approximately 90 minutes later. The control system in the cabin was replaced as a result, according to the incident report.

Information on the latest incident should be available in the coming weeks.

Contact Jonah Dylan at [email protected] Follow @TheJonahDylan on Twitter. Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.


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