Marqeutte Area Businesses Re-Open after Bomb Scare

Police have allowed employees to re-open businesses in Marquette and Marquette Township after a wide-spread bomb threat this afternoon.

Numerous police agencies responded to the 3:10 pm bomb threat at multiple locations, including Target, Walmart, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s in Marquette Township as well as at the Holiday Inn, Shopko and Econo Foods in the city of Marquette.

Numerous Black Friday shoppers were evacuated. Store employees and police searched the businesses before customers were allowed to re-enter at approximately 4:45 p.m. No evidence of a bomb or bomb-making materials have been reported.

Stay tuned to ABC 10 for additional updates as they become available.

Our next scheduled newscasts will air at 10pm on WBKP, CW 5 (Charter cable 2 in the Marquette area) and 11 pm on WBUP ABC 10.

Responding Marquette County fire and police department personnel told ABC 10 that the bomb threat may not have been a local incident, saying similar incidents had been called in across the nation. The situation in the Marquette area was repeated across the country in different forms: In Los Angeles, a woman pepper sprayed fellow shoppers early this morning. Walmart stores in Arkansas, Colorado and Phoenix reported bomb threats, and in North Carolina, gunfire went off in a shopping mall.