Walmart Stores Evacuated Due To Bomb Threats
FENTON, MO (KPLR) – Shoppers from at least 2 Walmart stores in the St. Louis area were evacuated due to bomb threats.
Michelle Anselmo was shopping with her family inside the Gravois Bluffs Walmart on Saturday when the threat was made.
“We saw some of the store managers going checkout to checkout and kind of telling the cashiers we have to evacuate,” described Anselmo.
She said shoppers remained calm as they left baskets full of goods behind.
“There was kind of a calm fear inside the store,” said Anselmo.
Her son, Sully, was rattled.
“I was very scared when I heard it was a bomb threat,” said the 10-year-old.
A similar threat forced the evacuation of the Desloge store, south of St. Louis.
A spokesperson for St. Louis County Police says once Walmart realized the threat was a hoax, shoppers were allowed to return.
Many of them left carts filled with goods behind.
A Walmart representative apologized to customers for any inconvenience and said the store would work with police to determine the origin of the call while it ensures customer safety.
“Who would have ever thought something like this would happen?” asked Anselmo.
As of Saturday night, Walmart did not have the answer.