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Valdosta Walmarts reopen after late afternoon bomb threat

Traffic was backed up at times between Walmart on Inner Perimeter and the shopping center directly across the street as traffic was diverted around Walmart Traffic was backed up at times between Walmart on Inner Perimeter and the shopping center directly across the street as traffic was diverted around Walmart
Walmart employees at the Walmart on Inner Perimeter gathered in the parking lot across the street during the bomb threat Walmart employees at the Walmart on Inner Perimeter gathered in the parking lot across the street during the bomb threat
Brian Childress Brian Childress
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Everything was back to normal around 7:30 Wednesday evening at both Walmarts in Valdosta after a bomb threat was called in late Wednesday afternoon.

A call came in to the Lowndes County 911 center around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday about a bomb at both Walmarts. Valdosta police officers responded to both stores and contacted store management, at which point the decision was made to evacuate both stores as a precaution.

Valdosta Police and Moody Air Force Base K-9 units were called in to check the stores. Nothing suspicious was found and both stores reopened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said Wednesday evening that at least 10 Walmarts across the Southeastern United States have received bomb threats in the last 24 hours.

"I'm sure that federal law enforcement will get involved, too. Of course, we'll work with them. I can tell you that we'll be working with 911 center and, obviously, pullin' the phone records for that and see what we can do with that," explained Chief Childress.

Childress added that as of Wednesday night, the only thing known about the caller was that the voice had been described as a male voice. Police hope to know more Thursday. 

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