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Man’s warning in department store bathroom confused for a bomb threat

Police in Wichita, Kansas were alerted of a potential bomb threat at a local Home Depot, but after a brief investigation, they found out the truth was much more… explosive.

Sedgwick County Communications released the 911 audio in which we can hear the concerned caller telling the operator he had just heard a man making a bomb threat in the restroom.

“We just had a customer here made what may have been a bomb threat,” the caller, thought to be a Home Depot employee, is heard saying.

After being asked for more information, the caller explained, “He said, uh, somebody told me there’s a bomb in here and you need to leave the building. He said it three times.”

The disturbing call prompted the police to arrive at the site and start an investigation, which quickly led them to the disgusting truth.

It turns out the bomb threat was very real, but not in the traditional sense.

“You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up,” were the alleged words of the suspect, warning all those in the restroom of his destructive agenda.

Funnily enough, officers were able to track down the man and confirm the messy misunderstanding. The confusion was cleared up and the story has a happy ending – well, except for the cleaning staff.

What’s even more ridiculous is it’s not the first time such a thing has happened. Last November, a guy in New Orleans was arrested after a very similar “bomb threat”, but in that case, he did end up facing two charges – communicating false information and planned arson.

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