Wal Mart receives bomb threat

BY HOWELL DENNIS

NEWS EDITOR

A bomb threat was called into Wal Mart Thursday afternoon sending employees and customers out of the store and waiting in nearby parking lots until it was safe to return.

“We were just standing in line when the clerk told us to go outside the store,” said Huey Borrell who was shopping inside. “We really didn’t know what it was until someone told us”.

The threat was called in at approximately noon Thursday. It was the second time in the past year that Wal Mart received a bomb threat.

“Our manager called us and told us to get the customers out in an orderly fashion,” said one employee who wished to remain anonymous. “It was kind of scary but it’s happened here before. Probably someone who works here who wanted to get a head start on New Year’s Eve partying.”

Oddfellows Road was blocked off by authorities forcing several motorists to take alternate routes to their destinations. Wendy’s, the Rice City Chevron, and several other stores had their parking lots filled with people as the Crowley Fire Department kept people at a safe distance from the store.

Bomb sniffing dogs arrived at the store at approximately 1:15 p.m. to enter the store and try to detect any explosive devices.

“All this fool is doing is making a lot of people inconvenienced on New Year’s Eve,” said Todd Breaux who was also shopping when the call came in. “Christmas Eve it was the tornado and New Year’s Eve we are dealing with this. This will be a holiday season that not many will forget.”

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