The Home Depot located at the Newburgh Plaza was evacuated on the morning of Tuesday, December 6 after local authorities were alerted to a falsely reported bomb threat.
“At approximately 9:07 a.m., we [Town of Newburgh Police] received a 911 call about a threat that was written on a bathroom wall in the Newburgh Home Depot,” Town of Newburgh Police Lieutenant Peter Talarico said.
Town of Newburgh Police and other agencies including State Police and Orange County Sherriff arrived at the store and cleared it of employees and customers. Bomb searches of the building were conducted with additional help of the neighboring agency K-9 units.
“At the time, we were lucky enough that there was canine training going on. So there were dogs available from the [New York] State Police, sheriff’s department and the Town of Newburgh,” said Talarico. “We had about eight to 10 dogs that were able to clear the building and determined that the threat was false.”
After conducting their search, Talarico stated that the employees were allowed to re-enter the building after about an hour and a half search and the investigation is still on-going. Police are going through security footage as well and conducting their investigation.
A store manager provided contact information for the corporate office of Home Depot as store employees were not allowed to provide comments due to company policy. Home Depot representatives did not respond to requests for comment