Walmart open again after bomb threat

A bomb threat called into the Newton Walmart caused staff to evacuate the store Wednesday morning.

The call came in around 8:40 a.m. to the Walmart at 1700 S. Kansas Ave.
Police Chief Eric Murphy said a person called the store and said there was a bomb in the building that would be going off.

According to Murphy, the store was evacuated and Newton Police and Walmart employees searched the store.

No explosive device was located. As of 10:38 a.m. Murphy said the store was open.

According to news reports a Walmart in Weaverville North Carolina was evacuated on Wednesday following a bomb threat. A Walmart in Las Vegas Nevada was evacuated on March 3 following a bomb threat. Both calls occurred in the morning and in both cases no device was located.

Murphy said police were investigating all possibilities for the call, but had a number local leads in the case they were looking into.

The last time a Newton grocery store was evacuated following a bomb threat was in July of 2015.  In that case police traced the phone number and quickly apprehended the man who made the threats, Stanley Wooley, who was charged with aggravated criminal threats.