Rainfall of cash sparks commotion on Las Vegas strip

LAS VEGAS - Police from around Las Vegas swarmed to the Cromwell casino on Las Vegas Boulevard early Monday morning to help control crowds of people who had apparently gathered after someone started tossing around large amounts of cash.

Calls began around 4 a.m. as hundreds exited the Drai's nightclub.  Police say a man holding a stack of $100 bills began throwing the cash into the air.  Fights broke out as people scrambled to get the bills.

Police said at one point the crowd swelled to about 1,000 people.  Additional officers from around the valley were called The Cromwell to maintain order and ensure everyone got out safely.  The police presence was heavy outside the casino and on multiple levels of the parking garage.  Ambulances and LVMPD's helicopter also responded.

Police briefly blocked some lanes on Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard.  The streets were quickly reopened.

No one was seriously hurt, but police did make two misdemeanor arrests.

This comes just one day after the Cromwell was rapidly evacuated early Sunday morning.  There were reports of gunshots in the casino around 1:15 a.m.  However, Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Cromwell, said it appeared the sound came from velvet rope stands being knocked down to the tile floor.


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