By: Richard L. Smith
In a startling turn of events this Black Friday, the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) evacuated the American Dream Mall in Bergen County.
The evacuation occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m., just as the mall was teeming with shoppers taking advantage of the holiday sales.
The Honorable Governor Phil Murphy released a statement confirming that the NJSP is actively investigating a bomb threat at the location.
He urged everyone present at the mall, including customers, tenants, and employees, to heed the advice of law enforcement.
The Governor emphasized the importance of calmly walking to the nearest exit to ensure a safe evacuation.
The incident has created a ripple of concern among the community on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Authorities have not yet provided details about the nature of the threat or any potential suspects.
The focus remains on ensuring the safety of all individuals affected by this unexpected disruption.
RLS Media with have further updates here as the investigation progresses.
In the meantime, officials are asking the public to avoid the area to facilitate the ongoing response efforts.
UPDATE 9:15 a.m. Unfounded, the mall has reopened and been deemed safe; Stepped-up security measures are in effect.