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Customers reportedly flee after scare inside Bloomington Walmart

People ran believing it was gunshots, but police say it was actually fireworks.
Bloomington Walmart

Customers and employees inside the Bloomington Walmart were sent fleeing after kids lit firecrackers inside the store Sunday night. 

The incident happened at the Walmart located at 700 American Boulevard East, just south of Interstate 494 along the city's border with Richfield. A post in a community group asked: "Does anyone know about shots fired at Bloomington Walmart??" 

Police confirmed to Bring Me The News Monday it was indeed just fireworks.

"It appears juveniles lit firecrackers off yesterday evening. No arrests at this time," Bloomington Deputy Chief Mark Hartley wrote in an email. 

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Some responses on social media accurately stated that it was fireworks, though other posters feared gunshots.

"My friend was there she ran out the back but I couldn't find any info on it incident," one person commented. Another woman wrote on Facebook that "my baby just ran out of there," adding that "she said she didn't hear yelling before hand just shots." 

Bring Me The News has reached out to Walmart media relations for comment. 

Shootings at retail stores have led to horrendous mass casualties in the past two years. 

In August 2019, a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 23 and wounding nearly two dozen more. Less than a week after the El Paso Walmart tragedy, the Walmart in Dilworth, Minnesota (near Moorhead) was evacuated after a report of a person with a gun inside the store. 

On March 16, 2020, a Chaska man was shot four times after getting into a shootout with police in the parking lot of a Brooklyn Park Walmart. And in March 2021, a gunman entered a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, and killed 10 people. 

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