Bomb threat slows shopping

Published 8:32 pm Friday, November 27, 2009

A bomb threat Friday morning put a kink in the shopping plans of patrons at the Wal-Mart on College Drive in North Suffolk.

After receiving a phone call just before 10 a.m. in which a caller who employees said sounded like a man stated that there was a bomb in the building, Wal-Mart employees called police and then evacuated the building, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George.

George said the parking lot also was cleared of customers, who were allowed to head for other stores — which remained open — or to remove their cars. No other vehicles were allowed into the lot during the evacuation, she said.

Police and fire departments responded to the scene, and a bomb-sniffing dog and its handler were dispatched into the store.

The dog found no evidence of a bomb, and the Wal-Mart was reopened at about 11:15 a.m. The downtown Suffolk Wal-Mart sent about 15 employees to the North Suffolk store to help it make up for the missed time.