Sheriff’s office: No one in custody after bomb threat at Martinsville Walmart

Southside Virginia News

UPDATE 6:40 a.m. 5/17/21: Authorities in Henry County are investigating a bomb threat that shut down a Martinsville Walmart for several hours on Sunday.

A Walmart employee called police on Sunday, May 16, saying they received word there was a bomb in the building.

Both customers and employees were then told to evacuate as authorities searched the building for about five hours.

Video circulating on social media showed an arrest being made at the store, but authorities have not confirmed there is a suspect. However, officials say there is no threat to the public.

Walmart plans to reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 17.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release more details Monday morning.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities remain on the scene of a reported bomb threat at the Walmart on Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville.

WFXR News has a crew on the scene. They say that employees have been evacuated from the building and are across the parking lot, a safe distance away from the store.

Police tell WFXR News that they arrived on-scene around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Employees and shoppers were told to immediately leave the store, which will be closed until 7 a.m. on Monday, May 17.

Authorities are telling people to stay away from the store as they are actively searching the building with canines.

Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech Police say they are assisting with canines.

Police personnel are securing the building so no one can enter.

Other reports indicate that a suspect is in custody; however, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office tells WFXR News that no one is in custody.

This is a developing story.

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