Bomb threat forces evacuation of Paragould Walmart

A family is forced to evacuate while shopping as tactical officers sweep the building for an alleged bomb Sunday afternoon at Walmart in Paragould. Photo by Kimberly Tinnon

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PARAGOULD, Ark. – An afternoon bomb threat hoax forced the evacuation of a Walmart Supercenter in Paragould on Sunday.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, the Paragould Police Department was notified of a potential bomb threat at the Walmart Supercenter located at 2802 W. Kingshighway.

Patrol officers arrived on scene and immediately began coordinating with Walmart employees.

Deeming the safety of the public and the Walmart employees of paramount importance, the store was evacuated so that a proper sweep could be conducted. No suspicious devices were found.

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Nervous smiles and confused faces make up the crowd of shoppers evacuating the building Sunday afternoon. Photo by Kimberly Tinnon.

With the assistance of Crittenden County Sheriff’s Deputy Briggs Keenton and his explosives detection K9 Buster, Paragould Police patrol and SWAT officers cleared the building and deemed it safe for customers and staff members to return and continue with business as usual.

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Dozens or more were evacuated from the building, including workers who were completing their shift and wanted to go home. They were forced to remain while police cleared the scene. Photo by Kimberly Tinnon.

We greatly appreciate the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Keenton, and K9 Buster for their assistance with this incident, as it greatly expedited the sweep process and limited the inconvenience for the public and the store employees. – PPD

This matter is under investigation, and as such, no further details will be released at this time, Paragould police concluded their release by saying.

The guilty party is likely to face charges. Authorities show little mercy for suspects who cause a public panic by communicating threats. If you have any information about the case or the responsible party, contact authorities immediately.

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