COLLEGE PLACE — Walmart customers and employees were evacuated from the store at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, after an employee received a bomb threat over the phone, according to College Place Police Chief Dennis Lepiane.
“According to the Walmart employee who took the call, the perpetrator said the bomb was scheduled to explode at 6:19 a.m. Sunday,” Lepiane wrote in a press release.
Lepiane also stated the store manager conducted a “cursory search,” but did not find anything suspicious. Lepiane added this is the second bomb threat Walmart has received in the last four months.
“Nobody was hurt, and no device was discovered,” Lepiane stated in the press release. “It appears this is a hoax.”
Customers and employees were allowed back in the store at approximately 6:50 a.m.
Lepiane added the police department contacted the Hanford Patrol Explosive Detection Unit to request a bomb sniffing dog, but was unable to reach anyone. The police received help from the College Place Fire and Public Works department in setting up barricades and securing the entrances and exits.