Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Azle Brookshire’s evacuated after bomb threat


AZLE — On Sunday morning, June 23, several Brookshire’s grocery stores across Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana received bomb threats, including one location in Azle. Other stores in Alvarado, Bridgeport, Tyler and elsewhere in North and East Texas evacuated and briefly closed over the weekend and Monday in response to similar threats. By press time, the Tri-County Reporter had not received a response from Azle Brookshire’s management.

According to reports from other Brookshire’s stores, management teams across the Texas grocery chain have received notification from the corporate offices of Brookshire’s Asset Management group that a bomb threat had been received via email. After receiving the threat, employees and customers were evacuated while local police were called to assess the situation. After an investigation where no explosive devices were found, the Azle store was reopened to the public shortly thereafter. Threats made to other stores have likewise not been substantiated by police investigations. A spokesperson from the FBI Dallas Field Office has reported the string of threats is currently under investigation with the federal agency working hand-in-hand with the business and local law enforcement. Similar bomb threats were made to Brookshire’s grocery stores across Texas April 29, 2023, but it is not known if the two incidents are related.