All clear after Rite Aid, Walgreens bomb threat

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No suspicious packages were found in Provo's Rite Aid Wednesday afternoon.

No suspicious packages were found in Provo’s Rite Aid Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

No bombs were found after a threat was called in to the Provo Rite Aid and Walgreens on Wednesday afternoon. Bomb dogs and bomb technicians inspected both buildings and determined there was no real threat.

Walgreens and Rite Aid received the threats within 15 minutes of each other and determined they should evacuate the building. According to Provo Police, the caller was a male with a thick Middle Eastern accent.

Walgreens locations in Logan, American Fork and Springville received similar threats, along with various stores in Virginia, Georgia, Vermont and Maine.

The Provo Police Department will continue to investigate alongside detectives and an FBI investigator to determine the nature of the calls.

“We’re trying to figure out, is it a hoax, is it a scam, is it a real threat. Today, it looks like it’s a hoax,” said Provo Police Lt. Matt Siufanua. “We  don’t know yet what their intentions are, or why they’re targeting Walgreens and Rite Aid.”

The Provo Rite Aid and Walgreens have reopened for business.

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Alisha swapped plains for peaks when she moved to Utah from her Kansas hometown. After graduating from BYU and traveling around China with her husband, Shane, they put down roots in Utah Valley, where Alisha first fell in love with yoga, learned to ski and discovered fry sauce. Alisha is an associate editor, writing for Utah Valley Magazine and UtahValley360.com. Follow her on Twitter @alishagallag.

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