Nov 27, 2015

Bomb threat evacuates Cody Wal-Mart, others across country

A bogus bomb threat led police to search and temporarily evacuate the Cody Wal-Mart on Friday afternoon. Similar threats were reportedly made against Wal-Marts across the United States on "Black Friday," one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Cody police said that around 3:44 p.m., dispatchers with the Park County Sheriff's Office received "a recorded phone message from an unknown source indicating there was a bomb at the Cody Wal-Mart."

Officers from the Cody Police Department and the Park County Sheriff's Office responded to the store, evacuated the building and searched it. No explosives or suspicious devices were found, Cody police said in a Friday evening news release.

Cody police said similar messages were received by the Wal-Mart stores in Riverton, Rock Springs and Rawlins; media accounts say Wal-Marts in states ranging from South Dakota to Maryland were also targeted.

"At this time information is limited and will be released as it becomes available," Cody police said.

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