Uptown mall evacuated due to evening bomb threat

Uptown mall evacuated due to evening bomb threat

Reports of a bomb threat caused the Walmart Supercentre at Uptown Shopping Centre, as well as several other nearby businesses, to be evacuated Friday night.

Saanich Police Sgt. Damian Kowalewich says officers received a report of a bomb threat at the Walmart around 8:30 p.m.

“A decision was made to evacuate the Walmart store,” he said. “After some assessment and further investigation, some surrounding businesses were evacuated as well.”

Specialized crews, including the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) explosive disposal unit, were also called to the scene.

“An extensive search was done using technology and of course GVERT officers and no [explosive] devices were located,” said Kowalewich.

Police say the area was closed from about 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

“This is a serious incident,” said Kowalewich. “It affected many people, probably in different ways. Being evacuated from a business and not knowing too much information at the time can be stressful, and we acknowledge that, so we take this very seriously.”

The police department adds that it’s grateful for the cooperation and patience of people who were displaced by the incident.

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