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Laurel County Sheriff's Office was present at Corbin Walmart on Saturday.

LAUREL COUNTY — The Walmart in Corbin was evacuated Saturday afternoon as law enforcement investigated a bomb threat.

The initial call came in just before 3 p.m. Saturday, according to Public Affairs Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. Customers and employees reported Saturday that a "Code Blue" was called. A 22-year Walmart employee said a "Code Blue" refers to a bomb.

Acciardo said the complaint was that a male customer in the store had overheard another male customer in the store stating he had a bomb in a backpack that he was wearing. The individual who overheard the conversation alerted store management.

To err on the side of safety, Acciardo said management evacuated the store.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Office sent officers to the scene along with their K-9 units. A thorough search of the store’s interior did not reveal an individual with backpack nor a bomb inside the facility.

Acciardo said there are no suspects in regards to this event.

As of 4:24 p.m. Saturday two Laurel County Sheriff's Office vehicles were on scene and employees were back inside the store. A line of customers formed outside the store waiting to re-enter.

As of 5 p.m. Laurel County Sheriff's Office said the store had been cleared and reopened for business.

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