Bomb scare at the Big Y in Greenfield

Authorities went through the building and determined it was a hoax

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A bomb scare at the Big Y in Greenfield forced employees and customers to be evacuated for nearly two hours.

The Greenfield police swarmed the Big Y after a customer found a note about a bomb.

According to Sergeant Todd Dodge, a customer walked into the restroom and found a note claiming there was a bomb in the store. The store was evacuated at 2:30pm.

Customers and employees were forced out of the building. The Greenfield police, fire department, state police and state police bomb squad searched the grocery store.

Authorities went through the building, determined it was a hoax, and the store was reopened. Employees were permitted back inside the building an hour and half later.

Despite authorities deeming the grocery store safe, one customer was still shaken up.

Nicole LaRoche of Shelburne Falls told 22News, “Grocery shopping is supposed to be pretty safe and we do it all the time. Most of the time, I do bring the baby and that’s a concern, why anybody would want to go after something like our local grocery store. This being our closest market, why, is a mystery.”

The grocery reopened at 4:00pm, after being closed for an hour and half. It was back to business, as customers continued to shop, unaware of what happened minutes earlier.

Last week, the East Longmeadow store was evacuated for a suspected gas leak. It turned out to be a maintenance issue with the store’s refrigeration system.