A metro-east mall will reopen Friday morning after a bomb scare closed it early Thursday afternoon.
Fairview Heights Police say a little before 4:00 p.m. they received a call from someone who said they had planted several explosive devices inside St. Clair Square. Police notified mall officials and the building was quickly evacuated.
Fairview Heights police, U.S. Marshals, St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies, Illinois State Police and bomb units from Scott Air Force Base spent about five hours searching the mall and all 144 shops using bomb sniffing dogs, but found nothing. The all clear was sounded about 8:30 Thursday night.
Police have now shifted their focus to find the person who made the bomb threat. Anyone with information is urged to call Fairview Heights Police.
The Des Peres Schnucks is issuing a recall on fresh ground beef.
The beef was sold at the store on Manchester road. Employees found a metal clip in the meat grinder. The ground beef was sold on Wednesday, January, 15, with a sell-by date of January 16, 2014.
Any customers who bought the meat before 7 p.m. Wednesday should return it to the store for a full refund or exchange. For more information, contact Schnucks Consumer Affairs at 314-994-4400.
Kirkwood High School was locked down for a short time Thursday afternoon after a local television reporter tried to test the school's security response.
School officials say that a man entered the front office and asked to speak with security. When the secretary returned with the school resource officer, the man was gone. Officials contacted police and performed a search of the school. They did not find the man and the lockdown was lifted. It was later determined that the man was a reporter for KSDK News Channel 5.
In a statement, KSDK says they tried to test security at five schools as a part of the story. The statement continues that "this lockdown certainly was not the intent of our visit".
KSDK's Full Statement:
NewsChannel 5 recognizes the importance of safety in our schools. As part of a continuing investigation this afternoon, we visited five local schools.
One of our employees assigned to this investigative report visited Kirkwood High School. He entered and walked his way toward the office, asking a teacher for directions after a few minutes. There, he asked if he might discuss the school's security. He identified himself by name and gave the office his phone number.
When the security official could not be reached, our employee left the premises without escort.
Approximately an hour later – after our visit – the high school was put on lock down. This lock down certainly was not the intent of our visit.