Altavista Walmart reopens after suspicious package sent to bank inside store

Powder will be sent to Richmond

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

ALTAVISTA, Va. - The Walmart is open again.

Virginia State Police, Altavista police and Altavista fire units have all left the Walmart after the bank inside received a suspicious package on Wednesday.

Authorities say it's now up to the Walmart corporate office to determine when the building will reopen.

State Police hazmat units investigated the inside the building and are cleaning up now.

The powder will be sent to Richmond to be identified.

Authorities have evacuated the Altavista Walmart.

At 1:15 p.m., the Campbell County Public Safety 911 Call Center received a report that the Woodforest Bank, which is inside the store, received a suspicious package from a mail delivery service containing a white, powdery substance.

As a precautionary measure, the Walmart has been evacuated, with the public advised to remain away from the facility while law enforcement and response officials investigate.  

There are no reported injuries. 

Altavista police and fire departments are on the scene, with the state police sending a hazmat team.


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