Bomb threat evacuates early morning shoppers at Target

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Customers and employees at a Target store in Benton Harbor were evacuated early Friday morning after a bomb threat.

It happend around 1:40 a.m. at the Target on Fairplain Drive in Benton Harbor.

A manager and store employee told officers from the Benton Township Police Department that an unknown male person called the Target and said he "hoped they were going to be out of the store" as the store would blow up at 3:00 a.m.

After the call, managers immediately evacuated people. All were able to leave safely. Officers searched inside and outside the Target, but did not locate any suspicious devices.

Local officers contacted the Michigan State Police who provided a bomb detecting K-9 unit, but also did not locate a bomb.

The store was re-opened at 5:30 a.m.

Anyone with more information is asked to call detectives at Benton Township Police Department at (269) 925-1135 or Crime Stoppers.

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