Norfolk mall evacuated due to threat, no explosives found

Threat at the Gallery at Military Circle on April 19, 2014. (WAVY/Christine Bethea)
Threat at the Gallery at Military Circle on April 19, 2014. (WAVY/Christine Bethea)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police say no explosives were found after a bomb threat was called in to a Norfolk mall Saturday.

Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police Department said the threat was called in to the Gallery at Military Circle Mall at 4:51 p.m. Mall Security evacuated the mall about 15 minutes later.

Parker-Chesson said the bomb squad was called to the scene, but a Bomb K-9 did not find any explosives.

Several movie-goers told WAVY News’ Liz Palka they were near the end of a movie when theater employees started evacuating everyone. Employees who work in stores within the mall said security went from store to store telling people to leave. Some said people were running to get out of the mall after hearing of the potential threat.

Police remained on scene for two to three hours, guarding each exit to the mall while investigators were inside.

According to the mall’s Facebook page, it was closed for the rest of the night. Macy’s, JCPenney and Cinemark Theaters were able to re-open. The post stated the rest of the mall would return to normal hours on Monday, after the Easter holiday.

 

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