Police Respond To Bomb Scares At Walmart Stores

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Ricky
Bomb scares at two Tulsa-area Walmart stores Thursday morning prompted one store's evacuation, police said.

Police Respond To Bomb Scares At Walmart Stores

Bomb scares at two Tulsa-area Walmart stores Thursday morning prompted one store's evacuation, police said.

Threats were called in minutes apart to the stores at 2019 E. 81st St. in Tulsa and 220 S. Oklahoma 97 in Sand Springs, police said.

Tulsa police Cpl. Chris Bauer said a man who called the Tulsa store at 9:25 a.m. said a bomb there would explode in 30 minutes. He hung up before employees could get more information, Bauer said.

The store was evacuated, and the entrances were cordoned off as authorities searched the building. No devices were found, and employees and customers were allowed to return about 10:20 a.m., Bauer said.

At 9:32 a.m., a man called the Sand Springs store and said he had heard that there was a bomb there, Sand Springs Assistant Police Chief Mike Carter said.

Authorities searched the building and found nothing, Carter said.

Police left the decision of whether to evacuate the store to management, which decided to let employees and customers stay, he said.

"I think the store made the appropriate choice in this case, not alarming anyone," Carter said.

A Walmart spokeswoman described the phone calls as "potentially threatening" and said stores typically follow the direction of local authorities in such situations.

She said employees "definitely appreciate the quick responses of both law enforcement" agencies.

Two Walmart stores in Covington, Ga., were evacuated after a bomb threat Wednesday. The spokeswoman said it would be speculation to say whether the incidents were connected.

Anyone with information about the men who called in the Tulsa-area threats can call Sand Springs police at 918-245-8777 or Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.