South Lake Tahoe Shopping Center Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - A bomb threat forced an evacuation at the Raley's shopping center in South Lake Tahoe Thursday, May 29th, 2014.

Authorities from the South Lake Tahoe Police Dept. tell KOLO 8 News Now around noon a Kmart employee overheard two males, who appeared to be teenagers say they planned on "planting a device".

The males left the Kmart and the employee walked around the shopping center to a cluster of mailboxes and heard something ticking. South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Aaron Crawford, an explosives expert, responded to the scene, as did the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad.

South Lake Tahoe High School was placed in shelter-in-place status, which allows students and faculty to move about the school and not be put in lockdown.

The SLTPD, South Lake Fire Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol evacuated each business in the shopping center.

The bomb squad investigated the shopping center and it was determined that there were no explosives. At 1:56 p.m., the evacuation of the shopping center was lifted and SLTHS resumed to normal status.

Officer Tracy Franklin of the SLTPD tells KOLO 8 News Now that the investigation continues and information will be released as it becomes available.