LEE CO., GA (WALB) - A bomb unit from the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base has inspected and cleared the Walmart shopping center in Lee County after a bomb threat was reported.
The unit officially cleared the area at 7:45 p.m.
The Walmart and the entire shopping center had to be evacuated because of the threat Tuesday afternoon. A Chili's restaurant and the Walmart gas station nearby were also evacuated.
Authorities said they got the first call about the threat around 5:30 p.m.
According to witnesses at the scene, store officials made an announcement that everyone inside needed to leave the store.
There was no word on whether the threat was called in, or told to an employee in person.
The MCLB bomb unit later said that the dogs did not alert officials or change their behavior during the search. MCLB is occasionally asked to assess scenes where bomb threats have been called in.
Walmart employees were seen standing outside the store with shoppers after officials ordered the evacuation.
According to Walmart staff, the store will not be closed for the rest of the night. A spokesperson with the store said customer safety is a top priority for the company and they are thankful for the efforts of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fire Department, EMS, and others who responded.