It's always a scary situation when a large retailer has to execute a swift evacuation following a threat.

Sadly, over the last several years, we have seen an increase in the violent-type hoax threats from Maine schools and universities to some of the state's largest retailers. And, while 99% of the time they turn out to be hoaxes, each and every single one needs to be dealt with accordingly just in case.

On Sunday afternoon, the Augusta, Maine Wal Mart store had to be completely evacuated after employees say that a bomb threat was discovered inside the store.

As you can imagine, a threat like that in a store as large as the Augusta Wal Mart Super Center drew a large response from multiple agencies in the area.

According to an article that was published by the Kennebec Journal, the Marketplace @ Augusta Wal Mart was evacuated on Sunday afternoon at about 2pm.

Augusta Police officers told the Kennebec Journal that the full evacuation of the store lasted for about two hours. During those hours, two canines with the Maine State Police that specialize in sniffing out explosives, checked the entire store.

Following the thorough search of the entire building and its perimeter, customers and staff were eventually let back inside about two hours after the initial evacuation.

Police say that the bomb threat was found in the form of a note somewhere inside the store. This is the second violent-style threat made against the Augusta, Maine Wal Mart in the last two month, according to the Kennebec Journal.

At this time, there is no word on any suspects or persons of interest in the case. The investigation remains ongoing.

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