America’s 2nd-Largest Mall Forced to Be Evacuated During Black Friday Rush

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The country’s second-largest mall was evacuated due to a bomb threat just minutes after it opened early on Black Friday.

According to CNBC, the American Dream Mall, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was cleared out only 13 minutes after its doors opened.

The sprawling shopping center opened its doors at 7 a.m. ET.

At 7:13, according to police, someone placed a call and claimed that an explosive device had been put into the building.

According to Syma Chowdhry of cable station News 12 New Jersey, people in the mall received an alert on their phones from police urging them to leave the area.

“For your safety, the NJSP has reported an emergency situation at the American Dream,” the message read. “All guests, tenants and employees should walk to the nearest exit and evacuate the building. DO NOT use the elevators. Walk to the nearest stairway and follow the exit signs.”

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