NEWBERRY — The Food Lion, located at 1821 Wilson Road in Newberry has been declared clear after a bomb threat that took place earlier Saturday evening. Newberry Police Chief Roy McClurkin said at approximately 6:12 p.m. on Saturday, law enforcement received word of a bomb threat at the location. When law enforcement officials arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m., the store was evacuated to include all employees and customers as well as other connecting businesses.
McClurkin said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was notified and two bomb detection dogs were sent to check the building.
Upon finding nothing in the building, it was cleared at approximately 8:00 p.m. Employees and customers were then allowed back into Food Lion and the other connecting businesses. At this time, the incident is considered an active investigation by the City of Newberry police and fire departments as well as SLED.
“These are serious offenses and we don’t take them lightly, but we want to make sure the public’s safety comes first,” McClurkin said. “That’s why the businesses were evacuated as well as others in the area.”
Fire Chief Keith Minick said their off-duty response staffing came back to assist with the situation.
“We are grateful for the support of our police and fire departments working together to isolate and mitigate the incident with the blocking off of the area to keep our citizens safe,” Minick said.