HURRICANE – Wal-Mart retail store in Hurricane was evacuated for about one hour Tuesday afternoon in response to a telephone threat it received.
Just after 3 p.m. Hurricane Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart when the store reported receiving a telephone call from someone making a threat, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.
The store was evacuated and blocked off by police while officers investigated. After searching the premises, the police determined there was nothing on site that posed a threat, Buell said, they found no credible threat.
Wal-Mart was cleared to reopen around 4:15 p.m. In no time, Wal-Mart employees inside were emptying carts customers had abandoned when the evacuation was ordered, returning items to shelves. Customer service was busy answering telephone calls inquiring if the store had reopened. And by 4:30 p.m. customers had resumed shopping.
The matter remains under investigation by police on the telephone caller side of the incident, Buell said, to determine if the threat was legitimate or a hoax. As that investigation is ongoing, Buell would not describe in greater detail the nature of the threat.
Store management deferred comment to Wal-Mart corporate.
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