Claremore Daily Progress

July 25, 2012

UPDATE: Walmart reopens after bomb threat evacuation

Randy Cowling

CLAREMORE — Walmart reopened just after 11 a.m. today after evacuating customers and employees due to a bomb threat.

Store officials immediately informed Claremore police and began evacuatingthe store.

The caller told Walmart at 9:53 a.m. that he and another person had planted bombs in the store, according to Claremore police Capt. Lee McQueen.

McQueen said police and Claremore firefighters were assisting Walmart. Entrances into the store’s parking lot were blocked.

About 75 employees congregated at the store’s gasoline facility, Murphy Oil, while waiting to return to the store.

Lindel Stephens, Walmart manager, said they were working with authorities.

McQueen said similar threats have been made at area Walmart stores. This is the fifth Walmart store which had received a bomb threat.