UPDATE: Las Vegas authorities are now reporting that the ‘white powder’ is harmless. Here’s what we find interesting. This is the second time in a week that the Excalibur has been closed for Hazmat inspection — last Friday, Roger Bergendorff’s cousin, Thomas Tholen (who discovered the ricin at the Extended Stay America) was staying at the Excalibur. Interesting huh?
Mar 4, 2008 2:15 pm EDT (PID NEWS) — Clark County firefighters and local police in Las Vegas have reported that a ‘suspicious substance’ was discovered in the popular Las Vegas casino hotel, Excalibur (shown in the file photo at left). According to Clark County officials, a hazmat team has responded to the scene.
According to ABC News, a 44-year-old man, staying in the Excalibur, called hotel workers this morning around 10:00 am local time, when he awoke to find himself and his bed sheets covered in ‘white powder’. The hotel guest does not appear to have suffered any health effects — at least none that are yet reported.
It is not yet known if this may be connected to an incident last week in the same city, when ricin — a highly toxic substance often used in terrorist acts — was found in a room at the Extended Stay America hotel. Roger Von Bergendorff, who had occupied a room at the Extended Stay America prior to the discovery of the ricin is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition. In addition to the ricin, investigators found guns and what is reported as ‘anarchist literature’ in Bergendorff’s room.