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No explosive devices found after bomb threat at Antioch Walmart

A bomb threat was reported at the Antioch Walmart, 475 East Route 173, Monday evening. | Photo: Google Street View.

Police said that the area has been deemed safe after a bomb threat at the Walmart in Antioch Monday evening which caused the store to be evacuated.

The Antioch Police Department responded around 7 p.m. Monday to the Walmart, 475 East Route 173, for a report of a bomb threat.

Police said in a Facebook post that officers were investigating the threat. Officials also said that customers and employees in the building had been evacuated.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has sent an explosives detection canine unit to the scene to assist.

“We are asking the public to stay away from the area. More details will be posted as the investigation continues,” officials said in a statement just before 9 p.m.

In an update posted around 11 p.m., police said that the area had been deemed safe and no explosive devices had been found.

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“At this time the Antioch Police Department has deemed the area safe. We would like to thank the Lake County Sheriff for the assistance with their Explosive Detection K9 Team as well as the Lake Villa Police Department with providing resources.”

Police said in the update that they were still conducting an active investigation and those responsible for the threat would be held accountable.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.


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