Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat

Walmart employees and law enforcement from Morehead City and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Bomb Squad wait in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot in Morehead City on Saturday afternoon after  a bomb threat was made at Walmart. The store was evacuated and all entrances into Walmart remain blocked as the matter is still being investigated. (Cheryl Burke photo)

Editor's note: This story was updated at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 with more information.

MOREHEAD CITY — Law enforcement officials cleared the scene at the Walmart Supercenter off Highway 24 at 6:34 p.m. Saturday after a bomb threat was made that morning.

Morehead City Police Lt. Trent Johnson confirmed to the News-Times around 7:30 p.m. the scene had been cleared and Walmart will remain closed the rest of Saturday evening. The store will reopen at 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Officials from Morehead City and the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Bomb Squad responded to the threat called in at 11:14 a.m. Saturday. The store was evacuated and the entrances blocked off so law enforcement could investigate.

"Officers arrived on scene and immediately began to evacuate businesses," Lt. Johnson said. "Once the building was cleared of all patrons and employees, we made contact with several agencies to assist us with this investigation."

This is still an ongoing investigation.

(previous report)

MOREHEAD CITY — The Walmart Supercenter off Highway 24 was evacuated around noon Saturday due to a bomb threat.

According to emergency scanner reports, all entrances are blocked and law enforcement have been called in to sweep the building. Morehead City police are assisting with controlling traffic in the area.

This is a developing report.

(1) comment

CARTERETISCORRUPT

It seems that bomb threats are a booming business in Morehead City.

Welcome to the discussion.

As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal/abusive/condescending attacks on other users or goading them. The same applies to trolling, the use of multiple aliases, or just generally being a jerk. Enforcement of this policy is at the sole discretion of the site administrators and repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without warning.