Bomb threat clears Cornwall Walmart

Cornwall police cruisers line up outside the Walmart on Ninth Street July 18, 2015 after the store received a bomb threat. The store had to be evacuated for just over an hour. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Shoppers poured out of the Walmart Supercenter Saturday afternoon after a bomb threat.

One witness told Cornwall Newswatch, Cornwall police officers walked into the Ninth Street store just before 2 p.m. and a few seconds later everyone was being told to evacuate.

Cornwall Police Sgt. Derek Duchesne told Cornwall Newswatch a suspect inside the store had “made a comment,” which prompted staff to call police.

Sgt. Duchesne said officers and Walmart searched the entire building but no suspicious items were found.

The suspect had left the store and they are still trying to locate the person as part of an ongoing investigation, he said.

The Cornwall fire department was also on scene shortly after the police call at 1:40 p.m. to seal off the entrances, while allowing shoppers to exit.

Shoppers make a quick and orderly exit from the Walmart parking lot in Cornwall after the store received a bomb threat on July 18, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Shoppers make a quick and orderly exit from the Walmart parking lot in Cornwall after the store received a bomb threat on July 18, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

The Walmart associates gathered in the northeast section of the parking lot while a number of marked and unmarked police cars were lined up outside the store entrances.

Cornwall Walmart associates stand in the northeast corner of the parking lot on Ninth Street and Cumberland Street after the store received a bomb threat July 18, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Cornwall Walmart associates stand in the northeast corner of the parking lot on Ninth Street and Cumberland Street after the store received a bomb threat July 18, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

The store was cleared by police about an hour later and customers were allowed back in the building around 3:05 p.m.

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