LAKE DELTON — Lake Delton police are investigating whether a bomb threat Thursday at the local Walmart was related to one at the same store a month ago.
Officers were dispatched to the Commerce Street store around 11:41 a.m. for a report of a bomb threat. “The threat was called in directly to Walmart,” Police Chief Daniel Hardman said in a news release.
At 12:13 p.m., police sent an alert through the Sauk County Nixle Information system informing the public of the threat and asking people to steer clear of the area. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with a search of the facility, and at 1:01 p.m., police announced through Nixle they had cleared and reopened the store.
Hardman said he does not believed the public was in any danger and the store has returned to normal business.
The same store was forced to close Nov. 1 for more than an hour after someone called in a bomb threat. But it was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were linked.
“It’s being investigated right now,” Lake Delton Police Department Administrative Assistant Nikki Foesch said Thursday when asked if police believed the two incidents might be linked. “It’s still an open investigation.”
The Lake Delton Walmart was the target of another bomb threat in January 2015. In that incident, a masked man walked in and handed managers a note in which he threatened to detonate a bomb if he was not given access to the store’s cash room. He fled after he was denied access.
A Walmart in Roseville, Michigan, was evacuated for more than an hour Wednesday night after someone called in a bomb threat there, according to a report in The Detroit News.