Businesses evacuated after bomb threat

Pete Luna|Leader-News
Two members of the San Antonio Police Department bomb squad work with a K-9 as they do a secondary search of Dollar General, 505 E. Main St., after an unknown caller reported placing an explosive near the freezer section.

San Antonio Police Department bomb squad, including a canine, declared the Dollar General, 505 E. Main St., free of any bomb around 2:47 p.m. on March 30.

Dollar General and surrounding businesses Tractor Supply and Starbucks were evacuated for about three hours.

According to Uvalde Police Department Chief Daniel Rodriguez, an employee from Dollar General received a call from what registered as a private number around 11:45 a.m. The clerk said the man who called said he placed a bomb inside the store, around the freezer.

“First responders made the location and immediately evacuated Dollar General, who received the call and Tractor Supply, who shares half of the building. Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde PD officers made an initial sweep of the store, but nothing suspicious was located,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez, UPD officers and other responders remained on scene until the location was clear and it was deemed safe for employees and customers to return. 

UPD Sgt. Donald Page said the morning of March 31 that police believe the unidentified caller who made the threat may have used technology such as a spoofing application to generate the call.

UPD asks that anyone with information call the non-emergency line at 830-278-9147., 830-278-3335