Lancaster Walmart evacuated for bomb threat

LANCASTER – A bomb threat closed a west Lancaster Walmart for about one hour Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The store received the threat shortly before 4 p.m. according to Lancaster Station Watch Sgt. Reddish.

“The manager received a phone call from an unknown male stating there was a bomb in the store and it was going to go off in five minutes,” Reddish said. “They evacuated the store.”

Deputies and firefighters immediately responded to the store at 44665 Valley Central Way.

Officers searched the store, but nothing suspicious was found, Reddish said.

The store was opened back up for customers and employees after about one hour.

The incident remains under investigation.

The Walmart bomb threat is one in a rash of bomb threats called in to Walmart stores across the country in recent weeks. At least a dozen similar threats have been received at Walmarts in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, according to published reports.

  4 comments for “Lancaster Walmart evacuated for bomb threat

  1. John Howard
    August 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

    It was probably a misunderstanding in the conveyance of the issue.

    I think the caller was trying to point out the numerous diapers left in the parking lot. That in this heat expand like a balloon and look like they will explode spreading feces all over the place.

    Whomever thinks it acceptable to dispose of soiled diapers in a parking lot, please stop.

    Por favor, deje de salir de los panales sucios en los estacionamientos.

    • sacryinshame
      August 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I think someone called it in to get the person outside who had left their dogs in their locked car. Window cracked yes, but about 106 degrees and no breeze. Animal control takes hours and the LASD non emergency doesn’t seem to be interested in takig any information.

      • Kelli
        September 10, 2012 at 3:29 am

        You don’t know why people keep their dogs in the car, or for how long they are there. You do not need to insult others when you do not know their situation.

        • sacryinshame
          September 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

          Are you kidding me?
          You think it’s okay to leave a dog in a car when it’s 106 degrees outside for any reason?!. It heats up so fast inside a car. If I am sitting in the parking lot with my air conditioner running for 10 minutes and the dogs are still there…then I know they have been there for at least 10 minutes and they were there when I came with no driver in sight. People have no business going to the store and leaving their dogs outside in the heat. Leave them home. I can’t believe anyone would actually defend the people who would do that.

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