Authorities respond to bomb threat at Jemison Dollar General (updated)

Published 10:57 pm Saturday, October 12, 2013

Authorities in Jemison responded to a report of a bomb threat Saturday evening to the Jemison Dollar General on County Road 42.

A customer shopping in the store threatened to blow the store up, according to initial reports from the dispatch unit.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said authorities were able to dispel the situation after a customer shopping in the store became frustrated trying to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that would not work in the store.

The incident is still under investigation by authorities but no arrests were made on Saturday.

According to a statement made by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, a computer issue with the vendor that operates the EBT system in Alabama and several other states prevented the use of EBT cards for part of the day Saturday.

The vendor that handles the EBT transactions for Alabama restored the system by late Saturday night.

The website for the Alabama Department of Human Resources said the interruption of EBT services was not connected with the government shutdown in Washington.