Bomb Threat Shuts Down Great Mall Stores

A written threat on a wall closes twenty stores for hours

By Japjot Bal

On Friday afternoon, November 14, 2012, according to the Milpitas police department, a Great Mall Kohl’s employee called in to report a bomb threat written on the men’s bathroom wall. Customers and employees of Kohls and 20 nearby stores quickly evacuated, as bomb sniffing dogs and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad entered the scene.

Fortunately, the situation was handled carefully without inciting hysteria. Sophomore, Andrew Tan, said, “I was there when they blocked off parts of the mall. We didn’t really know what was going on, so we didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”

According to KTVU news, stores reopened around 8 p.m. after no explosives were found. However, Kohl’s management plans to review surveillance tapes to find the person behind this incident.