Maine Walmarts evacuated Several Walmart locations evacuated across
Following several bomb threats across the state, Police departments in Maine are currently investigating.
According to media reports Sunday, Falmouth and Scarborough police said these evacuations are due to a voice-automated bomb threat. Police have been investigating the calls all night, however none of the threats have been deemed credible.
In Scarborough, a bomb threat was reported at around 7:49 p.m. at the store on Gallery Boulevard. Police said they remained on scene until it was deemed safe to allow employees and customers back in stores, reports WGNE.
A similar threat was called into several other Maine Walmarts, including Biddeford, Falmouth, Houlton, Scarborough, Windham, Thomaston, Skowhegan, Newport and Calais, police report.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Waterville police Sgt. Brian Gardiner said his agency received an automated call about a threat at the Waterville store at 7:54 p.m., but police believe it was a prank. The store was searched, and no cause was found to give credence to the threat, he told the newspaper.
A spokesperson for Walmart, Brian Nick released the following statement:
“The safety of customers and employees of utmost importance.”
They said the company appreciates the cooperation of local authorities in such a stressful situation. The spokesperson said unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and has happened in other parts of the country this weekend.
James Ross, chief deputy at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, spoke about the bomb threats in his county.
“It definitely was taken seriously. We had two deputies respond to Palmyra, and one deputy assisted at Skowhegan. When nothing was found, Wal-Mart made the decision to reopen. As events unfolded, we learned that a number of other Wal-Marts in the state had received the exact same threat. The sheriff’s office will be ready to assist other agencies if leads develop.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.