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Bomb threat forces south Logan Walmart to close temporarily

September 19th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Addison Hall

LOGAN— The Walmart at the south end of the city was briefly closed Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat, but police aren’t too concerned. Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said the threats have been popping up all over the country and are most likely false claims.

“We just don’t believe there was a bomb,” Jensen said Wednesday. “We’ve cleared the store at this point and the store is back open. Logan is one of, understand it, many across the nation that have had the same kind of a hoax-type thing. We’re one of, I think, four or five in Utah, several in Utah county, one in Ogden and one in Logan.”

Jensen said the local police have spoken to and are working with the FBI to discover the identities of whoever is calling the threats.  FBI representatives were unavailable for comment.

According to local and national news sources and press releases, Walmarts across the nation have been receiving bomb threats since late August, the most recent of which occurred in Layton less than an hour after the threat in Logan.

Jeff Curtis, assistant chief of the LCPD, said the department could not release any more information about the incident including the amount requested by the caller. But, according to the Davis Clipper, the online news source that covered the threat in Layton, the amount requested was near $8,000.

The Walmart in south Logan was closed from the time the call came in at 12:45 p.m. and reopened at 2:30 p.m.

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