York police investigating Hannaford bomb threat

Posted July 25, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
Last modified July 25, 2014, at 9:01 p.m.

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YORK, Maine — A bomb threat that prompted the temporary closure of the Hannaford supermarket in York Friday afternoon remains under investigation, a York Police Department detective said Friday evening.

The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m., when the police department’s dispatch center received a call stating that the store’s manager received a threat that a bomb would be deployed there unless certain terms were met, York Detective Sgt. Thomas Cryan said in a news release.

The manager took the necessary precautions, calling 911 to report the threat and evacuating the store. Shoppers and staff were moved to the far edge of the property as a safety precaution, Cryan said.

He said the parking lot also was cleared of vehicles by arriving police officers.

The store was closed for about an hour while members of the York Police Department, the York Fire Department and a Maine State Police bomb dog checked the store.

No bomb was found and Hannaford staff and customers were allowed back into the store, Cryan said.

The incident remains under investigation by police.

The York Police Department is seeking additional information about the incident.

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