Officials: Bomb Threat Evacuates Food Lion, Nearby Stores

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Williamsburg Fire, Williamsburg Police and Virginia State Police worked together in response to a bomb threat to Food Lion.
Williamsburg Fire, Williamsburg Police and Virginia State Police worked together in response to a bomb threat to Food Lion. (Courtesy of Williamsburg Fire Department)

Five businesses in the Williamsburg Shopping Center were evacuated Thursday because of a bomb threat, fire officials said.

Food Lion, in the shopping center at the intersection of Monticello Avenue and Richmond Road, received the threat through a phone call at around 11:50 a.m., said Eric Stone, a spokesperson for the Williamsburg Fire Department.

Williamsburg Fire, Williamsburg Police and the Virginia State Police all responded to the incident.

State police troopers used bomb dogs to investigate the threat; it was determined the store is safe, Stone said.

No arrests have been made at this time. The incident is being investigated by the city’s Fire Marshal’s Office.