Police: Threat against S.C. Walmart stores is a hoax

Police: Threat against S.C. Walmart stores is a hoax
There is no real threat to Walmart stores, law enforcement agencies confirmed.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - Many viewers reached out to WIS with concerns over a threat circulating on social media Thursday.

The threat appeared to target Walmart stores, with several locations across the state -- including Lexington -- being named in the posts.

Lexington Police confirmed these threats are a hoax. However, they did respond to the store as a precaution.

The hoax has popped up nationwide and was not targeted to any particular Walmart, a spokeswoman for LPD said.

People in Newberry received similar messages about a threat against Walmart. The sheriff’s office assured people there is no truth to the hoax.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed they did look into the threats and took them seriously, working with several different law enforcement agencies.

A spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said they have not received any threats against Walmart stores in the county.

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