By Clint Parker
Weaverville – Law enforcement from the Weaverville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies descended on the Weaverville Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon along with the Weaverville Fire Department. The cause for all the police and fire activity was a bomb threat at the Weaverville location of the well-known, national chain store.
According to a press release just received from Weaverville Police Department “on Tuesday (August 14) at approximately 5:30 pm Weaverville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart. Walmart management called 911 after they received notification of a potential bomb threat.
“Weaverville Police officers and Walmart employees evacuated the store as a precaution. Weaverville Fire Department as well as Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Woodfin Police Department, and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement helped with the evacuation and moved people to safety.
“Once the area was secured, specialized units such as Asheville Police Department’s Bomb Squad and K-9 Units from both Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office conducted a protective sweep of the building and grounds. No suspicious device(s) were located. The investigation is open and on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Weaverville Police Department at (828) 645-5700.”