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UPDATE: Suspicious Device Removed Outside Legends Casino

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The Yakama Nation Tribal Agency & surrounding buildings are on an emergency lock down. The Yakama Nation Tribal Agency & surrounding buildings are on an emergency lock down.

UPDATE/TOPPENISH, WA - The Legends Casino parking lot sat empty of customers Tuesday afternoon but was filled with law enforcement including the FBI.

The casino and surrounding buildings was shut down and evacuated while the bomb squad from the Tri-Cities was called in.

"They identified a device that looks like a bomb," Harry Smiskin, the Yakama Tribal Council Chairman said.

A suspicious looking device was discovered by employees in a trash can near the front entrance.

"It's always better to er on the side of caution because you never know when these devices can be real or not," Smiskin said. "You've seen that throughout the United States where they didn't take it seriously. you suffer serious consequences for that and we want to be cautious in that regard."

Cars trying to visit the casino were told to keep moving. 

"Big bummer," Jonathon Ashby said. "I wanted to do something since I've worked all week."

Eventually the street was completely blocked off while the bomb squad robot tipped over the trash can to investigate.

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TOPPENISH, WA. -- The Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation says the bomb squad will be arriving soon to evaluate and take the necessary actions regarding the bomb threat at the Legends Casino.

The Organization says until the bomb squad clears the incident, the Tribal Agency and surrounding buildings will stay on emergency lockdown.

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TOPPENISH, WA - The Yakama Nation Tribal Agency & surrounding buildings, including the Yakama Nation Legends Casino, are on an emergency lock down until further notice.

The Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation says there is a bomb threat to the Yakama Nation Legends Casino. All employees and participants are being evacuated from the facility. 

We have a reporter heading to the scene to learn more information. 

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