VBFD: Pembroke Mall cleared of bomb threat

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — First responders in Virginia Beach investigated what turned out to be a fake bomb threat at a local mall Friday afternoon.

Minutes before 1 p.m., police and fire crews were dispatched to Pembroke Mall for a report of a bomb threat at either the Sears or Target stores, according to Battalion Chief Mike Barakey with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

As of 3 p.m., a police bomb dog had already gone through the mall and cleared it, but fire investigators and police officers were still at the scene. Barakey said crews found a package, but broken phones were all that was inside.

The entire mall was not evacuated, but crews sectioned off an area of the mall — the corridor of the main mall entry near Sears — where the package was investigated.

Barakey said mall operations were already returning to normal by 3:30 p.m.

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