Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort evacuated due to bomb threats

Posted at 2:22 AM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 02:22:41-04

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Guests at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort were forced to evacuate the casino floor and their rooms late Thursday night, while police investigated two bomb threats made roughly a half-hour apart.

According to officials at Soaring Eagle, the evacuation order applied to the entire casino and hotel.  After several hours of police agencies searching the facilities, the 'all clear' was given and nothing suspicious was found.  Guests will be allowed to return later on in the morning.

Erik Rodriguez, the Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, confirms that two bomb threats were received, the first of which was called in at around 10:15 p.m.  Guests and employees were being temporarily housed at buildings off-site while Michigan State Police bomb squads and other law enforcement agencies were sweeping the building.

Witnesses told FOX 66 that police had blocked off the entrances to the resort while crews investigate the bomb threat.  Photographs from the scene show crowds of guests waiting just outside of Soaring Eagle.