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Southridge Walmart Reopens after Bomb Threat

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email
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UPDATE 12/17/13 @ 11 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- South Charleston Police are asking for the public's help to find the person who called a threat into the Walmart in South Charleston.

The store at the Southridge Shopping Center got a call about 9 a.m. from a blocked number.

Police say the person on the phone claimed to have a gun and bomb in the store. Immediately, the employee who answered the phone called police.

Employees and shoppers left the building before investigators got on scene. Patrick Donaghey had his shopping cart full of items when he was told to leave the store. "I was just about ready to check out with my wagon full of Christmas gifts when store employees started asking everyone to leave and I was hesitant to leave and they started saying you have to leave now."

Once police got there, along with the bomb squad, bomb stiffing dogs canvassed the store, but didn't find any threat inside. The store was evacuated until the all clear was given. "We did a sweep of the inside of the store of individuals and any type of packages or items that appear to be out of place. We had a bomb dog," says South Charleston Police Department Lt. Matt Arrowood.

The store reopened to shoppers by 10:30 a.m.

Right now, police are investigating the phone records, but right now they do not have any leads or suspects.

If you have any information, you're urged to call South Charleston Police.



UPDATE 12/17/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Walmart at Southridge in South Charleston is back open to shoppers after a bomb threat Tuesday morning.

Dispatchers say the store got a call from a blocked number about 9 a.m. The caller said there was a bomb in the building.

The store is being evacuated at this time.

The bomb squad was on scene about two hours before the store was able to reopen to shoppers.

No other details are being released at this time.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a bomb threat at the Walmart in the Southridge Shopping Center in Kanawha County.

Dispatchers say the store got a call from a blocked number. The caller said there was a bomb in the building.

The store is being evacuated at this time.

The bomb squad is on the scene and checking for any explosives.

Access to Walmart's parking lot has been blocked off, but at this point no other roads are closed in the area.

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