SAN ANGELO, TX — Police, City of San Angelo Fire Department and the City’s Fire Prevention Office searched all five Walmart stores for an explosive device after dispatch received a threat at 1:19 p.m. police said was “concerning a threat to area Walmart stores.”
Authorities used bomb-sniffing dogs at the Walmarts after each was evacuated, police said. Goodfellow Air Force Base deployed their dogs and personnel, police said. Also assisting was the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.
After authorities determined the threat was a hoax, the stores were re-opened. Stores were evacuated for approximately three hours during the search for clues of explosives.
San Angelo is home to three Walmart Supercenters and two Walmart Neighborhood Markets. All locations were affected.
Fire Department officials made the determination the call was a hoax based upon the searches that found nothing.
Police said they are still investigating the incident but did not release additional information about whether or not police had leads on who called in the threat.