Power restored to Bellagio in Vegas

A crew cleans and tests the fountains at the Bellagio Casino and Hotel resort in Las Vegas Wednesday, taking advantage of the power outage.Matthew Minard / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Electricity was restored Wednesday to a popular hotel-casino after a three-day power outage forced it to shut down.

Authorities at the Bellagio have not said what caused the outage that forced the complex to close Easter Sunday, although hotel and Nevada Power Co. officials agreed the problem was at the resort.

Alan Feldman, spokesman for MGM Mirage, the hotel’s parent company, said most operations, including its 3,000 guest rooms, would be back up later Wednesday, with the rest opening Thursday.

Sensor, security and other computerized systems were being brought back in phases, he said. The famous “Dancing Waters” fountains were also to be tested.

Losses in business were likely to reach more than $3 million, Feldman said.

About 800 guest rooms were occupied when the outage occurred and 1,100 guest room arrivals were scheduled to arrive the next day. Emergency power to the casino came on, providing only a glimmer of light, and most of the guests checked out.

Feldman said authorities found no evidence of sabotage or a criminal act. No injuries or thefts were reported.