Jacksonville Walmart evacuated for bomb threat
by Laura Gaddy
The Walmart store in Jacksonville was evacuated Tuesday after a caller phoned in a bomb threat at about 4 p.m., said Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson.

Thompson said investigators have traced the call and are working to identify the perpetrator. No evidence of a bomb was found, according to a company spokeswoman.

Thompson said after the store was evacuated, the Jacksonville police and fire departments arrived to secure the property and wave would-be customers away from the parking lot. While customers were being turned away, a bomb-detecting dog from Jacksonville State University police combed the store for any evidence of an explosive device.

At 5:30 p.m. the store remained closed. An hour later vehicles filled the front portion of the parking lot and the store appeared to be operating normally.

Shoppers leaving the store said they were aware of the threat and added that it had a minimal impact on their plans for the day.

Richard Armstrong was leaving the store at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said he learned of the threat on Facebook.

“I decided I would wait before I came over here. It just slowed me down a little bit,” Armstrong said.

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