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Wal-Mart cleared by false bomb threat
Store checked and reopened

IN BRIEF: The Wal-Mart store in Conyers was evacuated this morning shortly after 8 a.m. police were forwarded a message threatening a bomb earlier in the morning. Customers were allowed back in around 10 a.m. after the building was checked and cleared.

The phone message came to police after the threatened time that the bomb was supposed to have gone off, according to Conyers Police Lt. Jack Dunn.

"By the time we learned of it, the supposed threat time had expired by several hours," said Dunn.

The message was left to a person in New York who notified the Conyers Police Department.

FBI and Homeland Security have also been notified, said Dunn. The person making the threat can face federal charges as well as local charges, since the threat went across state lines.

Dunn said false bomb threats have become less frequent because investigators can track down the identity of the person making the threat over phones or computers.

A specific location in the building had been described, and specific people had reportedly been named in the message.