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2017-05-18 / Front Page

Bomb threat causes evacuation at Target

by BRYAN JACKSON
Editor

A bomb threat phoned into the Walden Avenue Target on Saturday evening prompted an evacuation while the Erie County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated.

The threat was called into the store around 5:45 p.m., according to Cheektowaga Assistant Chief of Police Jim Speyer. He said Target officials called police, and law enforcement investigated what turned out to be an “inert device” that was designed to look like a bomb. However, the bomb squad determined the device did not contain explosive material.

“It was a hoax,” Speyer said. “There was no explosive within it, but it was obvious that somebody intended it to look like it could be a bomb.”

A representative at the store declined to comment on the threat, citing the ongoing police investigation, and instead provided The Bee with the phone number of Target’s corporate media hotline. After a message was left at that number, the company’s communications department provided an emailed statement about the threat.

“At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. We are partnering with law enforcement on this incident,” the statement read, while adding that The Bee should contact police with further questions, since the investigation is active.

Police are continuing their investigation but currently do not have suspects, according to Speyer.

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