As midnight approached on Friday, August 9, Milpitas Police Department, Milpitas Fire Department, and San Jose Police Department Bomb Squad personnel were at Walmart on Ranch Drive, assessing a suspicious device that had been found in the store late in the afternoon. The discovery of the device prompted the evacuation of all shoppers and staff members.

Even as afternoon made way for evening and nighttime, many staff members were still congregated around nearby stores, namely Dollar Tree, awaiting a change in status.

It was around 10:30PM when San Jose PD’s bomb squad ensured that the suspicious device found inside was in fact safe: It turned out to likely be fireworks. As a precaution, however, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department personnel went through the store with a bomb-sniffing dog.

The exit of the authorities releases the scene back to Walmart, and the decision as to whether or not to open Walmart again on Saturday lies with the store.

 

 

 

 

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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