The north Walmart Supercenter was evacuated for about 45 minutes this morning after a bomb threat was called in to the store.
A large group of people, mostly employees, gathered around the Walmart sign on North Diers Avenue as they waited for permission to return to the store. Several of them were dressed in Halloween costumes.
Other employees blocked off the parking lot entrances and waived vehicles away from the property. Several drivers tried to enter the parking lot at more than one entrance.
A police car was parked near the building just before noon.
Grand Island police Capt. Dean Elliott said a bomb threat was phoned in to the store and the incident was reported to police at 11:23 a.m. The building was evacuated, and store management walked through the store to look for anything suspicious, he said.
The management apparently gave the all clear signal shortly after noon because everyone standing near the sign and in the parking lot entrances walked back toward the building.
Elliott said the incident is being investigated as a terroristic threat.
The Grand Island Independent / www.theindependent.com