Wal-Mart shoppers in London and Corbin were interrupted Tuesday morning because of bomb threats.

It began about 3:40 a.m. when the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department, the Division of Public Safety and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office responded to a bomb threat at the Wal-Mart in North Corbin.

Using a K-9 explosives detection dog, law enforcement agents took almost two hours to clear the building.

Business returned to normal between 5 and 5:30 a.m., officials said.

At about 5:30 a.m., the London-Laurel County 9-1-1 Center received an emergency call from the manager on duty at the Wal-Mart in London because a suspicious package was found in the bathroom.

Law enforcement ag-ents responded to the scene and cordoned off a 1,500-foot buffer zone.

Before bomb disposal technicians could dismantle the package, the man who left it returned to the store to pick up the forgotten package.

The man was interviewed by Kentucky State Police and ATF agents and was allowed to enter the store, escorted by an officer. The man was allowed to retrieve his box.

Officials said personal belongings were in the box.

The Kentucky State Police explosive devices unit, the U.S. Treasury Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, the Laurel County Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management and the London Police Department and Fire Department all responded to the Wal-Mart in London.

Officials said emergency personnel responded in the proper manner.

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