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Mall at Robinson to reopen after Sunday bomb threat

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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Mall employees and evacuated shoppers wait outside the Mall at Robinson after the mall was evacuated in the early afternoon of Sunday, April 14, 2013. 'We had to clear out the storeā€¦People were yelling and pushing and running because no one knew what was going on,' said JCPenney employee Raquel Redman, 21, of West End. 'All the stores are losing out on tons of money, we were incredibly busy.' Roads were shut down to the mall and its parking lots, creating a slowing of traffic on nearby streets as people coming to shop crawled by in their detoured cars.

The Mall at Robinson is expected to reopen today after police evacuated the building Sunday afternoon for a bomb threat.

Fire, police and emergency medical technicians were sent to the mall after the threat was received shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to an Allegheny County 911 supervisor.

The threat was made via a note placed in the Sears store, the supervisor said.

Bomb technicians and other officers from the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police departments were dispatched to help search the building, officials said.

Fire equipment was parked in front of the entrances to prevent people from entering the building and employees were kept outside for several hours while the building was checked.

Customers and others who left items behind in the rush to clear the mall must return Monday after it reopens to reclaim their property.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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