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Walmart in Great Bend has reopened after police evacuation, store officials say

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Update, 3:30 p.m. Monday:

Great Bend police said Walmart was evacuated after a bomb threat, but no explosive device was found.

Officers were called at around 2:55 p.m. Sunday to a bomb threat at Walmart, the Great Bend Police Department said in a Facebook post. Police were told that someone called the store, said there was a bomb inside and hung up. The store evacuated all employees and customers.

Officers then searched the building and did not find any explosive devices in the area, the department said. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the case, which is being investigated as an aggravated criminal threat, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.

Update, 6:30 p.m. Sunday:

The Walmart store in Great Bend has reopened after being evacuated by police.

“Store 0770 is back open,” Walmart Great Bend said in a Facebook post. “Thank you to our local law enforcement for their quick response and for making sure our store is safe. Thank you to our customers for following safe procedures as well.”

Company and law enforcement officials have not released information about the evacuation.

Original story:

A Walmart store in Great Bend has been evacuated, emergency officials said.

A Barton County dispatch supervisor said the Walmart was evacuated at around 3 p.m., and the Great Bend Police Department is investigating.

The reason for the evacuation was not released. People are asked to stay away from the area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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