Wal-Mart Bomb Threat

by Danielle Cotterman on July 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

A bomb threat shuts down a South Zanesville store for several hours.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the South Zanesville Wal-Mart received a phone call claiming a bomb was in the store. The call came in just before 2am on Saturday morning.

"I’m not exactly sure what all was in the phone call, you get different phone calls where they may say it’s going to detonate at a certain time, they may say it’s in a certain area, or they just may say there is a bomb in the building," explained Lutz. "So we have to take each case and see what all we need to do and focus on it."

Lutz said, the store was quickly evacuated….Drako, the Muskingum County Sheriff Office K9, and two other Ohio State Patrol Explosive Detective K9 units searched the store but no bomb was found. The store was able to re-open around 5:30am on Saturday morning.

"Who knows why people call in false alarms," said Lutz. "They do it to fire departments all the time, we get bomb threats at schools a lot of the times those are kids trying to get out of school, but this now we don’t really have any reason other than just seemed like the good things for him to do at the time."

Authorities continued their efforts throughout the night, tracing the phone call to a 48-year old South Zanesville man who was taken in for questioning and later arrested. Charges are expected to be filed this weekend or early next week.