KINGMAN - Several people were injured by flying glass when high winds in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area blew out a window at a casino Thursday, but regatta organizers said the storm didn't dampen festivities.
Thursday was the first night of a 2-night "Cannonball" pre-party leading up to the regatta on Saturday. An estimated 500 revelers were dancing to a live band and enjoying the outdoor festivities at Community Park when the winds moved in around 6 p.m.
Organizers evacuated the park within 10 minutes and moved people to the lower level of the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce building, said Bullhead City Public Information Officer Steve Johnson.
"It was quite a scramble, but everyone was well-organized and calm," Johnson said.
He said the wind blew down tents, portable toilets, tree limbs, portable lights and speakers.
Buses were on standby but ended up not being needed after people left the park in their own cars once the storm moved out of the area.
No injuries were reported at the pre-party and most of the equipment at Community Park made it through the bad weather unscathed. He said participants' floats weren't delivered to the park's ball fields until Friday and thus avoided destruction.
"Things got knocked around a bit, but we were able to salvage most everything," Johnson said.
The winds snapped power lines and blew out a window at the Riverside casino in Laughlin. Eight people were treated for minor injuries from the flying glass, according to the Mohave Daily News.
The storm knocked out power in Golden Valley and Kingman and shut down a portion of northern Stockton Hill Road, preventing some students at Mt. Tipton School in Dolan Springs from making it home to Meadview.
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