December 12, 2015
A graffiti bomb threat found by a security officer at the Shops at Riverside mall in Hackensack, New Jersey, prompted an evacuation Saturday afternoon as police and members of the Bergen County bomb squad converged at the scene to investigate.
According to Hackensack Police Captain Timothy Lloyd, the security officer discovered the graffiti in a lower-level restroom and immediately notified authorities, NorthJersey.com reports.
The mall was quickly evacuated to allow the Bergen County bomb squad and K-9 units to conduct a sweep of the building. Officials confirmed that the mall was temporarily closed.
Some shoppers took to Twitter to described the chaotic scene.
Wow scary stuff just ordered lunch in the #CheeseCakeFactory then whole shopping centre gets evacuated from a bomb alert Police everywhere— Elliott Wright (@elliottwright_) December 12, 2015
So scared. Just told to evacuate at #riversidesquaremall. Possible bomb threat. This is a crazy world we live in! 😳— Heather Carmichael (@partial_to_pink) December 12, 2015
Riverside Square Mall is being evacuated right now and the parking lot is jammed #riversidesquaremall— Alan Lerner (@lerneralan) December 12, 2015
Amenaza de bomba nj hackensack ;( pic.twitter.com/1a8D01DTiC— Caryen (@carlayeny2011) December 12, 2015
The evacuation and police have activity have caused significant delays and a diversion of traffic to Route 4, authorities said.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., the mall was reopened to customers after police completed their sweep without encountering any suspicious items. Officials did not reveal the exact content of the graffiti note.