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Lightning strike causes temporary outage at Bartlesville Osage Casino

The Osage Nation braved several spring rain storms during April with one of them causing a temporary power outage and shutdown at the Bartlesville Osage Casino on Easter night.

During the night hours of April 16, a lightning strike hit a power pole knocking electric out near the Bartlesville casino, said Gaming Commission Executive Director Elizabeth Hembree. The outage prompted a shutdown of the property so power could be restored, Hembree told the ON Gaming Commission Board on May 3.

Hembree said the outage lasted approximately 10 hours, which was two hours longer than anticipated as workers restored power and rebooted electronic games at the casino east of Bartlesville inside Osage County. She said Gaming Commission Surveillance Investigator Gretchen Winger was on site and security was “locked down tight” during the outage.

Open since March 2007, the Bartlesville Osage Casino is 40,000 square feet and has 440-plus electronic games, according to the 2015 ON Gaming Enterprise annual report.

According to the Tulsa World, April 2017 set another rainfall record for the month in the Tulsa area. Last month’s rainfall totaled 10.44 inches, besting the 2008 (previous record), which was 9.33 inches.

Also in April, a surveillance camera at the Skiatook Osage Casino captured a lightning strike just west of the casino. The timestamp of the image was taken on April 25 at 8:55 p.m., according to the casino. 


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2017-05-12 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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