Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

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The Walmart in Newport at 6645 US-70 was evacuated after a bomb threat was found on Saturday. around 10 a.m.

The Manager of Walmart was notified by staff and customer of a note in the bathroom that said a bomb was in store.

Newport Police, along with Newport Fire & EMS, and members from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and assisted getting those evacuated safely off the

Walmart property. A security perimeter was established, and officials contacted Marine Corps

Air Station Cherry Point for assistance sweeping the property with canines specially trained for

detection of explosive materials.

Morehead City Fire & EMS transported employees from Walmart to the Moose Lodge , where they stayed during search.

The interior and exterior of the building were searched. No explosive material was found, according to Police.

The Walmart was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident and are reviewing surveillance footage and conducting interviews.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Justin Ferrell at 252 726 1911 or ferrell@newportpolice

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may contact Carteret County Crime Stoppers at 252 726 INFO (4636).

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