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.