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Bomb Threat Prompts Brief Evacuation

Todd Pittenger - November 14, 2013 1:58 pm

A bomb threat prompted a brief evacuation of the Salina Kmart store early Thursday afternoon.

Salina Police Lt. Scott Siemsen tells KSAL News that a threat was made over the phone during the noon hour. He says a male with a Middle Eastern accent demanded that money be placed on a downloadable green dot card. He threatened that a bomb would go off in three minutes unless the demand was met.

Police and fire units responded to the store at 400 South Broadway as a precaution, and the store was closed and evacuated. After they found nothing suspicious, the store reopened and resumed normal business.

Television station KSN reports that Walgreens at Central and Hillside and Kmart on West Kellogg and South Broadway all in Wichita received threats as well. A caller demanded gift cards or a suicide bomber in the store would blow themselves up.

A Kmart store in Manhattan also received a threat.