Hurricane Wal-Mart evacuated in response to threat

Wal-Mart, Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 26, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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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Wal-Mart, Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 26, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Wal-Mart, Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 26, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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5 Comments

  • walmart associate November 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Although glad nothing was found. I find it sad that they just reopen as if nothing has happened. As long as the lemmings, I mean customers, can spend money, they will be open. And they say that they care about the associates, only thing they care about is the $.

    • My Evil Twin November 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      So are you the idiot who called in the bomb scare, hoping to get the rest of the day off? Guess what, it didn’t work, and if it was you, I hope the cops can prove it.
      If you don’t like working at Walmart, (and I sure would not blame you for that,) then quit that job and find another one.

  • lp November 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    so what about any customers actually needed something from there and maybe the employees needed the hours?

  • San November 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I agree…If someone is upset that the store is open on Thanksgiving then maybe shopping should have been allowed to happen uninterrupted today! There are so many rural people who rely on that particular store for their needs and the employees are just trying to make a living.

    If you don’t want to work there, quit. But, when my brother was laid off for a year, and my returning veteran brother in law each needed a job, guess who hired them?

  • DoubleTap November 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Wal-Mart…..can’t live with them…can’t live without them.
    The store will be open ONLY because the shoppers WILL be there.
    Here’s a thought….what if the shoppers were not there to spend money?
    I’m sure SOMEONE would complain.

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