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Will Beaton, Forum News Service, Published June 15 2013

Bomb threat closes Walmart, Sam’s Club for three hours in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – A bomb threat Saturday resulted in the evacuation of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club on 32nd Avenue South here, closing the businesses for about three hours.

According to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department, officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart about 5 p.m. after the store received a phone call from a male subject stating there was a bomb in the store.

Employees and customers in the store, as well as the adjacent Sam’s Club, were evacuated. Employees were told to wait outside. Authorities blocked off the parking lots in front of both buildings and a portion of South Columbia Road, located west of Wal-Mart.

Officers with the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Team assisted police in searching the buildings and surrounding area. No suspicious objects were found, the release said.

Both stores were allowed to reopen at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks Fire Department and ambulances from Altru Hospital were on the scene Saturday evening.

This is the second bomb threat to the Grand Forks Wal-Mart in less than four months.

The store received a threat in March, which prompted an immediate evacuation. Sam’s Club also evacuated voluntarily in response to that threat.

The investigation into Saturday’s incident is ongoing.