Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Local News

November 30, 2013

Smoking vent forced Walmart evacuation

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

The Lockport Walmart was evacuated for about a half-hour Saturday afternoon due to what an employee called a "fire scare."

Crews from South Lockport Volunteer Fire Co. and the Niagara County Sheriff's Officer responded to a call about an odor of smoke at the store shortly after 4 p.m. Fire volunteers located a burned portion of a smoke vent on the roof of the store and it was taken out of service, the sheriff's office said.

Staff and customers were allowed back into the store about 4:35 p.m.

On Friday night, the store was the subject of an off-the-cuff bomb threat, according to the sheriff's office.

About 9 p.m., a Walmart employee took a phone call from an unknown person, possibly a young male, who got upset when informed that the pharmacy was closed and Black Friday deals were over. According to the sheriff's office, the caller was said to have used a profanity and threatened, "I'm going to come and blow up the store."

The suspect called the store from an unknown number, the sheriff's office said. A deputy checked the area and did not find any suspicious activity after the threat.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Front page
Community Events
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US