Bomb threat called into Publix in New Smyrna Beach cleared, authorities say

Officials were asking public to avoid area

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A bomb threat was made towards a popular shopping center in New Smyrna Beach Friday morning, authorities said

According to officials, the threat was directed towards a Publix supermarket around the Indian River Shopping Center.

Officials with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department were asking the public to avoid the area.

According to officials, the plaza was closed and evacuated.

Around 10:45 a.m. officials cleared the threat and the store resumed normal business operations.

“The plaza, businesses, and associated vehicles have all been cleared and there are no current police closures,” officials said.