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Derby Walmart evacuated Friday evening in bomb threat

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 18, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 18, 2014, at 9:47 p.m.

Authorities evacuated the Walmart in Derby for several hours Friday evening in response to a bomb threat phoned in to the store.

A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said 911 received a report of the threat at the location, 2020 N. Nelson Drive, around 6:15 p.m. Everyone was ordered out of the store as a precaution, she said.

Derby Deputy Police Chief Dan Hammon said a man called the store and said “they were going to rob the business and that there was a device in the store.”

“We came out and swept the building” but authorities found nothing inside, he said.

Hammon said evacuated employees were being allowed back into the store about 9:30 p.m. He said the store, however, would likely remain closed to customers “for a few more hours.”

Chad Carson, master police officer with the Derby Police Department, said a bomb-sniffing dog from McConnell Air Force Base was brought in to help investigate and clear the premises. Derby fire crews also responded, he said.

The store is off K-15 near 63rd Street South.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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