UPDATED: All-Clear Given at City Place After Wal-Mart Bomb Threat


Photo by Sarah Bennett

UPDATED 5:30PM | City Place was reopened to the public at around 4:10PM Monday after an all-clear was given on the supposed bomb threat at Wal-Mart.

“Guest and employee evacuation procedures were initiated due to an anonymous phone caller claiming the presence of an explosive device on the shopping center property,” City Place officials said in a statement. “No objects were found.”

ORIGINAL 3:46PM | The City Place shopping center is currently closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic while the Long Beach Police Department investigates a bomb threat that was reported at the Downtown Long Beach Wal-Mart.

According to police, the incident began about 1:30PM when officers were dispatched to the City Place Wal-Mart in regards to a bomb threat. The Promenade North above 3rd St. along with 4th and 5th streets between Pine Ave. and Long Beach Blvd. were all closed as the investigation began. 

“Officers are assisting Wal-Mart staff with evacuations and the LASD bomb squad is en-route,” said Sgt. Aaron Eaton with LBPD at around 3:30PM.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.