Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple's flagship Australian store

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Apple's flagship Australian store was briefly evacuated mid-day on Friday, in what appears to have been a response to a bomb threat, according to local media reports.

Image Credit: News Corp. Australia
Image Credit: News Corp. Australia


The three-floor Sydney outlet, located on George Street, was cleared out just prior to 1 p.m. local time "as a precaution" during a "police operation," a spokesperson for the police informed Business Insider. Photos from News.com.au, though, show a police dog joining officers in the building, and the site quotes one witness as saying that he "heard store employees talking about a bomb threat, not a drill."

During the incident, the area was cordoned off and traffic was diverted. Police left not much later, and shoppers formed a line to get back in.

Apple has periodically been subject to bomb threats, including not just its retail stores but even some of its offices and infrastructure.

In 2011, for instance, a threat led to the evacuation of the company's Elk Grove distribution center in California. Just last year a bogus threat was directed at Apple's Irish facilities, leading to the evacuation of some 4,800 people.

No real bombs have exploded in Apple buildings. The company has had to respond to outside incidents, however -- the Turkish launch of the iPhone 6s was delayed because of a bombing in Ankara that killed 97 people.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 4,726member
    It’s a tough life at the top of the tech food chain. Everybody’s gunning for you... literally it would appear.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,001member
    May be orchestrated by large Australian banks who are against Apple Pay!!
    applesauce007watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    haarhaar Posts: 542member
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    SpamSandwichapplesauce007lkruppStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    shoppers formed a line to get back in.
    I heard some even camped out overnight
    StrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    haar said:
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    You're really going to use something as serious as a bomb threat to make a joke? Seriously please grow the F up.
    SpamSandwichadamcStrangeDays
  • Reply 6 of 11
    mac-daddy said:
    haar said:
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    You're really going to use something as serious as a bomb threat to make a joke? Seriously please grow the F up.
    Get off your high horse. There was no actual device.
    adamcStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,345member
    mac-daddy said:
    haar said:
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    You're really going to use something as serious as a bomb threat to make a joke? Seriously please grow the F up.
    No one was hurt and it was cleared. Perfect time for a good joke. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 11
    jungmark said:
    mac-daddy said:
    haar said:
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    You're really going to use something as serious as a bomb threat to make a joke? Seriously please grow the F up.
    No one was hurt and it was cleared. Perfect time for a good joke. 
    Oh yeah joking about bomb threats - that's hilarious! Even funnier when someone makes the same Samsung 'joke' that we've been hearing now for 5 years. How original. 
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 9 of 11
    All was well, so a joke is perfectly fine, now. It is called a coping mechanism, and you should try it. It might even let  you become happy.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 1,709member
    mac-daddy said:
    jungmark said:
    mac-daddy said:
    haar said:
    A Samsung Phone was found...  unattended.
    You're really going to use something as serious as a bomb threat to make a joke? Seriously please grow the F up.
    No one was hurt and it was cleared. Perfect time for a good joke. 
    Oh yeah joking about bomb threats - that's hilarious! Even funnier when someone makes the same Samsung 'joke' that we've been hearing now for 5 years. How original. 
    "Five years"?

    Already? Are you sure about that. 

    Anyway, I'm sure the problem is fixed. 

    I'll carry on using the iPhone for most stuff, but I have no problem buying Samsung as a burner phone. 

    edited February 18
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