HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke Mall is back open after a sudden closure early Thursday morning.
Holyoke Police Captain Matthew Moriarty told 22News officers were contacted by the mall around 8:50 a.m. about an email the mall received containing a bomb threat. The mall decided to not open for the safety of employees and customers. Holyoke officers and the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad checked the property and nothing serious was found. The mall was back open as of 1:00 p.m.
Moriarty believes the mall was a victim of a “Swatting” incident. Swatting is typically defined as a prank call made to bring in a large number of armed police officers for no actual threat.
The mall recently announced they would be returning to their normal operating hours. The mall is typically open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.