A suspicious package in Midland had officers asking folks to avoid the area of the Walmart on Highway 12 today. The bomb disposal unit was called in to deal with the package found at the store today, after staff evacuated the building.
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Police were called around 1:30 this afternoon, the OPP soon established a perimeter around the store. Police say the on-site portion of the investigation has since concluded, that the store was ready to reopen as of shortly after 5:00 Wednesday evening. Investigators say they have “deemed it to be a non explosive item and there is no threat to public safety.”
— OPP Central (@OPP_CR) January 2, 2019
All emergency services activity was seen at the rear of the Walmart, near the store’s receiving area. Police continue to investigate, promising more information as it becomes available.
The incident and subsequent perimeter also affected transit within Midland, with special considerations needed to help stranded passengers.
Transit Update – We will have one transit bus going to the Walmart plaza at approximately 3:05-3:15 p.m. to pick up any stranded transit riders. This will be the last pickup at this location until the OPP open up the area. pic.twitter.com/fjpzf1FtyZ
— The Town of Midland (@MidlandON) January 2, 2019