Detective David Hardy with Abbeville’s Police Department said the restaurant received multiple calls warning of a bomb shortly after 9:30 a.m.
“They got calls saying there was a device placed in their store,” Hardy said. “We evacuated the building.”
After clearing the area, the APD officials brought in a bomb-sniffing dog to begin the search. That search turned up no device after nearly two-and-a-half hours. McDonald’s resumed business shortly after law enforcement completed the search.
The investigation is on-going as of Monday morning.
“We are taking it very seriously,” Hardy said. “It could be a prank or used as a diversion to commit another crime.
“We are looking into several avenues right now.”
Similar threats have made national news recently after more than 10 Walmarts in Missouri and Kansas received threats of devices in stores that prompted evacuations in late July. None of the threats turned up actual devices.
Hardy said events like Sunday’s are not completely unheard of in Abbeville.
“It’s not completely rare,” he said. “We will get them a few times a year.”
Anyone with information on Sunday’s bomb threat can contact the Abbeville Police Department at (337) 893-2511.