Tacoma Walmart evacuated, Target store searched after bomb threats made

A Tacoma Walmart was evacuated Sunday morning after a bomb threat was made to the store and a nearby Target store.

No bomb was found at either site, Tacoma Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said.

“They found absolutely nothing and then went back to business as usual,” Boyd said.

Police assisted Walmart staff in a search of the store located in the 1900 block of S. Union Ave.

The Target store in the 3300 block of S. 23rd Street was also searched, but not evacuated, Boyd said.

Police responded to the incidents at about 11:30 a.m. after being contacted by Walmart, Boyd said.

Walmart spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson called the incident “troubling.”

“We evacuated the store until police confirmed that the bomb threat was a hoax,” Wilson said. “We’re open again for business and apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers.”

Wilson said Walmart is working with local law enforcement to discover who made the hoax.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor