Oneida, TN (2017-11-14) Local authorities spent nearly four hours Monday evening investigating a bomb threat at the local Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
According to Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton, employees of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Oneida received a phoned-in bomb threat shortly after 6:00 p.m. Monday night. As a precaution, the store was evacuated, and authorities conducted a thorough search of the building.
Local authorities were aided by the state police. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol brought in a bomb-detection dog,” Laxton said. The canine, which was brought in from Cocke County, cleared the building shortly after 9:00 p.m. After the canine had cleared the building, local authorities also performed a physical search of the premises.
“We found nothing (to substantiate the caller’s threat),” Laxton added.
The Oneida Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol have opened an active investigation into the threat. “At this time, we believe it was a male caller who attempted to disguise his voice,” Laxton said. Authorities are focused on identifying the caller through phone records.
The store was closed for nearly four hours Monday night, as authorities investigated the threat. In addition to Chief Laxton, Sgt. Steve Trammell and Patrolmen David Stephens and Skylar Chambers from the Oneida Police Department, three units from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Oneida Fire Department, and Scott County Rescue Squad responded.