MIDLOTHIAN — After what is now believed to be a false report, the Walmart in Midlothian has reopened to the general public following a thorough canvassing for explosives by the Midlothian Police Department and persons with the Northern Ellis County Emergency Dispatch.
According to a press release issued by Midlothian PD Capt. John Spann, the Ellis County Emergency Dispatch received a call from a male who claimed to know of a bomb inside the Walmart Supercenter, located at 400 U.S. Highway 67 Frontage Rd in Midlothian. The call was received at approximately 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.
"Officers were dispatched to the store and made contact with management and then evacuated the store of all shoppers and employees," the MPD release states. "Officers then checked the store for any suspicious devices, packages or subjects and did not locate any suspicious devices, packages or persons."
Spann stated that the evacuation went "quickly and calmly" and reported no injuries. The Midlothian Police Department released the store back to Walmart management at approximately 9:45 p.m. and the 24-hour store was reopened at about 10:30 p.m.
The release noted that Midlothian Police are "in the process of investigating this to determine who was responsible for this false report."