Utility: Rodents in power switch caused Vegas resort outage

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Metropolitan police are present outside Paris Las Vegas following a power outage, which resulted in a building evacuation, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment says the power has been restored at Paris Las Vegas after an outage forced hundreds of guests at the Strip hotel to evacuate. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a power outage that promoted evacuation of hundreds of casino patrons and prevented guests from checking in at a Las Vegas Strip resort was caused by rodents at an off-site utility switching center. Clark County fire officials said power went out at the Paris Las Vegas just after 7 p.m. Thursday and was restored a little before 10 p.m. Utility provider NV Energy says the problem was traced to a high-voltage transfer switch near the property. People were rescued from several elevators, but no injuries were reported.