A bomb threat at Walmart Saturday evening in El Dorado may have been one of a slew of recent bomb threats at Walmarts in the midwest, all of which were evacuated after an automated voice gave employees and officers two hours to clear the premises.
According to the Huffington Post, 11 stores in Missouri and Kansas were received the same call over one weekend in July.
“It was an automated call and the voice said there’s a bomb in the building. You have two hours to get everybody out this store. This is not a joke,” said Fredricktown, Miss., Police Chief Eric Hovis.
El Dorado’s Walmart was the target of a threat at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, according to the El Dorado Police Department.
Employees and officers cleared the store, sending customers to the former Ryan’s parking lot. After about 30 minutes, customers were allowed to retrieve their vehicles and leave while employees continued to wait outside as the store was cleared of any explosive devices.
The store opened back up later that evening.