Bomb scare causes evacuation at Walmart

The Daily Times staff
Bomb scare

FARMINGTON — A bomb scare prompted a brief evacuation before noon today at the Walmart on East Main Street in Farmington.

Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said officers were dispatched at approximately 11:30 a.m. to the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St. after receiving reports someone had drawn a picture of a bomb and written today's date and "noon" on a bathroom stall door at the retail store.

Walmart staff and customers were evacuating the building before officers arrived at the scene, Tracy said.

Police searched the facility, but found nothing suspicious that would justify dispatching a bomb squad unit, Tracy said.

Tracy said customers and staff were allowed back into the store at 12:16 p.m.

"We didn't find anything that was out of the ordinary," Tracy said. "However, the investigation is still ongoing."

Rolly Ann Wood said she was shopping at the Walmart when a voice over the store's loudspeaker instructed customers to exit the building.

An officer arrived at the scene and told customers to move away from the building, according to Wood.

"When two more police officers showed up, I decided to go home," Wood said.