MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A local Walmart has reopened after a report of a bomb threat.
Store employees and law enforcement officers evacuated the building near the Dayton Mall on Kingsridge Drive around 6:30 pm, according to Officer Pat McCoy of the Miami Township Police Department. The business received a call saying there was going to be an explosion inside the store, McCoy said.
The store was closed for about two hours as authorities and four K-9s searched the building, McCoy said.
“People were just going by crowdedly shouting and waving arms,” said Jermaine Lewis, who was shopping in the store at the time of the evacuation. “They just told me, ‘It’s time to go. We need to wrap things up.’ And I’m just like, ‘Oh my God.'”
As employees told people to leave and stay calm, some people started running, and others left things behind as they rushed to get out, Lewis said.
Lewis told 2 NEWS he used to work at the Walmart on Kingsridge Drive as a greeter, adding that employees are trained on how to handle various emergency situations.
“The supervisors, they kept calm, and the managers, they took everything as toward how it’s supposed to be, and they made sure everyone felt as safe as everyone could be as possible,” Lewis said.
After multiple agencies responded and four K-9s searched the building, authorities did not find any explosives, Officer McCoy said.
“We will always err on the side of caution just to maintain the safety of everybody here in the township,” he added.
“It’s very sad that people can’t shop during the Christmastime when people want to get presents and have a good time in life,” Lewis said.
Police are still investigating who made the phone call to the Walmart store, McCoy said.
This incident comes the day after another false alarm at the nearby Dayton Mall alleging an active shooter situation. Two false alarms occurring so close to each other is “highly irregular,” Officer McCoy said.