Bomb squad disarms suspicious item found by Salisbury Walmart employees

The item was not a bomb and was not dangerous, according to police.
Authorities were called to the Salisbury Walmart early Wednesday morning after a suspicious item was discovered.
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 6:51 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 9:18 AM EST
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – Authorities were called to the Salisbury Walmart early Wednesday morning after a suspicious item was discovered.

According to law enforcement, the item was found inside the store, located off South Arlington Street and near Interstate 85. It was closed to customers at the time and employees were evacuated by Walmart management.

The Cabarrus County bomb squad, which responds to surrounding counties on suspicious package calls, assisted Salisbury police and firefighters and Rowan County EMS.

Shortly before 9:15 a.m., a boom was heard as the bomb squad disarmed the device the employees found.

“It had the appearance of a cylinder and it had the appearance of a pipe bomb, but again it was determined it was not a pipe bomb,” said Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes.

Chief Jerry Stokes says it looked like a pipe bomb but was not anything dangerous.

He added it was disabled in the parking lot by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office’s bomb squad. No crime was committed and no suspect is being sought, according to the police chief.

“The Cabarrus County bomb squad inspected the item, brought it out into the parking lot where they rendered it safe,” Stokes added.

The Walmart is closed as of 7 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to remain closed for some time.

According to Salisbury Fire, Arlington Street at East Innes Street, as well as Arlington Street at Old Concord Road, was closed but has now reopened. Residents and visitors were advised to stay away from the area as the investigation continued.

Chief Stokes praised the Walmart workers for making the call to police after noticing the item.

“Unfortunately there have been events across the country where people have intended to do harm so when they encounter something, as far as store employees encounter something they have a concern about, they definitely need to let us know so that we can determine that hopefully, the outcome we saw today, there is nothing dangerous or any potential harm, but we don’t know that until we inspect it,” Stokes said.

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