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Garner Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

Posted February 2, 2020 5:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 2, 2020 8:05 p.m. EST

— A Walmart in Garner was evacuated Sunday afternoon when an employee was told a bomb was in the building.

The Garner Police Department said the employee took a call in the store around 3:45 p.m. and was told a bomb was in the building, at 4500 Fayetteville Road.

Wanda Sisk was about to pick up an online order when she said someone used the store’s loudspeaker to tell everyone to get out.

“It was very chaotic and loud, as you can imagine, but no one was running over anybody or screaming out loud,” Sisk said. “People were getting out quickly.”

She said both the store and parking lot had been packed with shoppers before the evacuation.

The store was closed for at least two hours, and police officers had blocked the parking lot and the store’s doors.

Police said shortly after 6 p.m. that the building had been cleared and employees would begin preparing to reopen the store.

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