Pekin Police investigate Walmart bomb threat

By WEEK Producer

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- On one of the busiest holiday shopping days, police are investigating a bomb threat at a local retail giant.

Dozens of shoppers were evacuated from the Walmart on Veterans Drive in Pekin just before 10 a.m. Monday morning.

According to police, someone called the store and told an employee that they had placed a bomb inside the building.

One shoppers said an announcement was made over the PA system telling shoppers to drop what they were doing and exit the store. She said the evacuation was calm and organized.

The Peoria bomb squad and K9 unit searched the building and found no explosives.

The store was reopened around noon. No injuries were reported.

"This is a big deal when you shut down your business for something like this. It's a big deal," said Pekin Police Detective Mike Eeten. "It was something we wanted to make sure we worked on quickly but thoroughly. We wanted to make sure that obviously the store was safe to let people re-enter the store for their shopping."

Detective Eeten said investigators will search phone records to find the person responsible.