Bomb threat shuts down Skowhegan Walmart

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A bomb threat forced Skowhegan police to evacuate the city’s Walmart for nearly two hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Ted Blais said police were called to the store shortly after 2 p.m.

Blais said an associate received a call from a man who said there was a pipe bomb in a men’s bathroom which was going to explode in 30 seconds.

No detonation ever occurred, according to Blais, and when a state police bomb dog went through all the bathrooms, nothing suspicious was found.

Blais said the phone number used to call the store came out of Virginia, but police do not have an identity on any suspects.

The chief added the public was never in any danger, but police weren’t taking any chances.

“We made sure we went through the whole place to make sure that it was all good,” Blais said.

The store reopened by 4 p.m., Blais said.

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