Terrifying Videos Show People Sliding in Malfunctioning Las Vegas Wheel

About 150 people got stuck on the highest observation wheel in the world last weekend, after a technical problem caused the ride to stop rotating.

Now millions of Tiktok users are watching footage that reveals what it was like to be one of the stranded passengers—including those who were left piled up against the window of one pod after it tilted and sent them all sliding.

Caesars Entertainment, which owns the wheel, said in a statement to local TV station KSNV: "The High Roller Observation Wheel was stopped during its rotation on Friday night due to a network connectivity issue involving one of the cabins. Approximately 150 passengers were aboard the wheel at the time.

"Engineers resolved the network issue within approximately 90 minutes, the wheel's rotation resumed, and all the passengers safely disembarked and received refunds."

Clark County Fire Department spokesman Billy Samuels told the Las Vegas Sun that the wheel has an automatic feature that halts the ride if a pod tilts too much.

Many of the passengers are now sharing their own experiences of the malfunction—and racking up millions of views on social media.

User @mrs.christen has gained over 334,000 likes for her TikTok video. "Spent all day convincing my husband to go on the world's tallest ferris wheel 550 feet in the air," she wrote, accompanying her footage with the popular "Oh No" audio.


🚒’s surround the Linq’s high roller while stuck on top for over 2 hours. all they would tell us is they were working on it 😬 #lasvegas #neveragain

♬ Oh No - Kreepa

She and her husband were not in the faulty pod but "got stuck at the very top for over two hours," she said. Her footage includes a loudspeaker announcement explaining that the ride was "experiencing a delay."

That clip was mild compared to others on social media, however. TikToker @esmyyyyyy was in the pod that tilted and her videos have been watched about 7 million times since they were posted two days ago. "I was there too," she said in one clip that stitches together her images with @mrs.christen's footage. "But my bubble thing was the reason that everyone was stuck up there for two hours."


Reply to @livelyhippie and the fact that they acted like nothing happened after we got off is what got me mad

♬ Oh No - Kreepa

Showing images of people laid on the floor with their feet up against the edge, she said: "Our thing started tilting a lot and then we started falling to the bottom and piling on top of each other.

"First all the TVs and everything just shut down so we didn't know what was going on. And then it started tilting and it wouldn't stop so we thought we were going to die, so we all just started calling 911. They told us that they contacted the people but we were still stuck tilted for a long time, so it was really scary."

She added: "I thought I was going to die, I genuinely thought I was going to die, so I started calling everyone I knew and telling them that I was going to die."


#stitch with @mrs.christen #greenscreen definitely a night to remember 🥴 my anxiety was all bad even days after

♬ Oh No - Kreepa

In a video posted by @loveemartha, which has more than 120,000 likes, people can be seen sliding down the pod and ending up against the glass window. "Get away from the doors," warned one rider in the clip.

Another individual could be seen testing his strength against gravity, trying to lean backward as his body pulled forward.

@pinedaivan17's video also showed people piled up against the glass of the tilted pod. "Gravity done had its way with us," he narrated.

"People were on top of each other," he added, before showing a man clinging onto a railing to stop himself dropping to the other side.

"My boy was hanging onto that rail for dear life," he said.

TikTok user @xoxo.rm showed the same man, holding onto the rail as his body slid downward.

A clip from Michael Steiger, @battle.wagon, showed the end of the passengers' ordeal—the moment they began to celebrate with chants and cheers as the wheel started moving again.

"It was fine for the first 15 minutes, but then we noticed that the wheel was actually slowly rotating up and our pod was not levelling out. This started to terrify us as everyone was forced to slide to one side. All we could think about was "are we going to fall through the glass?" he told Newsweek.

"I was thinking should I record this or Livestream. If something catastrophic happened and I just recorded there's a chance that no one would ever see our point of view. So I went with the livestream so friends and family are aware of what really happened."

The Las Vegas High Roller pod
The hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip, as seen from the High Roller observation wheel on May 29, 2017. George Rose/Getty Images