Sioux Falls Walmart evacuated after morning bomb threat, no device found

An employee told police that they had heard of other Walmarts receiving bomb threats in other states.

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SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls Walmart was forced to evacuate early Friday morning, Feb. 10, after a bomb threat led to a strong police response.

At approximately 6 a.m. police in Sioux Falls were called to Walmart in the 3209 S. Louise Ave. for a report of a bomb threat.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens said that an employee called police after an unidentified male called the store to report that a bomb had been placed within the shopping center. Employees were able to evacuate the store before authorities arrived on scene.

A sweep of the building by police found no evidence of explosive devices or other threats to the public.

The employee told police that other Walmarts outside of the state had also received bomb threats. Clemens noted that the phone number used to place the call was likely a disguised number, leaving investigators facing a limited number of leads.


No injuries were reported to anybody in relation to the threat or evacuation, and no arrests have been made.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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