Bomb threat hoax causes evacuation at Wal-Mart

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A bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax briefly forced an evacuation of Wal-Mart, 300 Keller St., on Sept. 30.

Members of the Manchester Police Department responded to Wal-Mart at about 7:47 p.m. and were told that an unidentified male had called the store and claimed to have placed a bomb in the store.

The manager of the store called for an evacuation as a precautionary measure. Multiple officers assisted in the evacuation while continuing the investigation. Ultimately, they were able to identify a potential caller, who they believe to be a mentally challenged juvenile from outside of the City of Manchester. The juvenile will most likely not be charged for false public alarm, which is a felony level offense.

The threat caused the store to close for approximately 30 minutes. Manchester Police determined the threat was a hoax, so the store reopened for business at approximately 8:20 p.m.. It is unknown how much revenue was lost during the brief closure.

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