A reported bomb threat at a Wichita Home Depot restroom Tuesday turned out to be a warning of a less lethal type of bomb.
“You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up,” the man reportedly said, prompting a customer to flee the bathroom and report a bomb threat.
— KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) February 13, 2019
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications released the 911 call from the store: “We just had a customer here made what may have been a bomb threat,” said the caller. “He said, uh, somebody told me there’s a bomb in here and you need to leave the building. He said it three times.”
Police were dispatched the Home Depot to investigate the potentially explosive situation and were told that someone had overheard the “threat” in the store’s restroom. It didn’t take officers long to figure out that the threat wasn’t from a literal bomb.
Police did some investigating and learned the “bomb threat” came from a man in a bathroom stall warning others about the severity of his need to use the restroom.
One witness said he laughed at the man’s warning and took it as a joke, but clearly, not everyone was amused.
Police were able to track down the culprit and clear up the misunderstanding.
He reportedly told them that he just really needed to go to the bathroom and wanted to give the other customers in the restroom fair warning.