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Bomb Hoax Called In To Home Depot In St. Croix Clears Store Of Customers and Employees For Two Hours

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CHRISTIANSTED – A bomb hoax caused Home Depot to shoo employees and customers out of its Estate Barren Spot store in St. Croix this morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police said they received a report of a bomb threat at 7:44 a.m. and dispatched officers to the store off of the Melvin Evans Highway immediately.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a cashier received a call at 7:27 a.m. from a caller stating that “the Home Depot Store will blow up in 5 minutes.”

Customers and employees were evacuated from the store right away as a precaution.

There has never been a bombing incident or act of terrorism inside the Virgin Islands.

Police said that specialized K9 units and bomb squad officers checked entire store premises thoroughly including vehicles in the parking lot, but no incendiary device was discovered.

The VIPD declared Home Depot safe and secure for operations at 9:41 a.m., according to police.

A Home Depot assistant manager who only identified herself as “Tamika” said that the store had no comment on today’s incident.

It took the manager over four minutes to come to the telephone to answer a reporter’s questions.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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