Police and fire units were dispatched to the Walmart in Aberdeen at 8:50 pm Tuesday evening following a reported telephone threat made to the store.
According to Aberdeen police officials at the scene, the store received what was described as an unusual or strange call of a threatening nature about a possible bomb, however it was said not to be a direct bomb threat. The stores management made the decision to evacuate the store and contact emergency officials as a precautionary measure.
When police arrived on the scene the stores employees had almost completed the evacuation allowing officers to enter the business to conduct a sweep of the entire store.
While this safety sweep was being done, the entrance to the parking lot was blocked preventing new shoppers from entering the area as the people already there departed.
After approximately forty minutes the officers had completed their search and after consulting between law enforcement and the stores management team the store was reopened and customers were allowed to reenter the store which quickly was back to business as usual as far as shoppers were concerned.
According to a Walmart employee the company’s store in Lumberton received a telephone bomb threat this past weekend that was a false alarm.