Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 | 9:41 a.m.
An electrical short below the Top of the World revolving restaurant at the Stratosphere set off smoke alarms early today and prompted the temporary evacuation of the tower, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said.
Firefighters responded to the Strip casino at 12:51 a.m., but by the time they arrived, maintenance workers had already found the short and used a fire extinguisher on it, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
The short occurred between the fifth and sixth floors of the tower at 2000 Las Vegas Blvd.
No injuries were reported. Damage was minimal, officials said.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.