Salt Lake City Bookstore Bomb Threat Investigation Concludes with No Explosive Evidence Found

SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities have officially given the "all clear" signal after an extensive search revealed no indications of explosive devices following a bomb threat report at a Salt Lake City bookstore.

The Salt Lake City Police Department promptly responded to the incident, which unfolded at The King's English Bookstore, located at 1511 South 1500 East, shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, following reports of a "suspicious circumstance."

To ensure the safety of all present, the building was evacuated while law enforcement officers conducted a thorough investigation. As part of their efforts, a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit from the agency's Airport Division was deployed to the scene to assist in the search.

After an exhaustive examination, police were able to conclude that there were no signs of explosive materials within the premises. Subsequently, they returned control of the building to its owner at approximately 11:10 a.m.

The incident occurred on the day of a scheduled drag queen story time event at the bookstore, as announced on the establishment's Facebook page. Following the clearance of the scene, the bookstore announced its closure for the remainder of the day.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall expressed her disappointment in the situation, emphasizing the city's commitment to inclusivity: "...EVERYONE belongs in Salt Lake City. The actions today to cause fear at (King's English Bookstore) around a drag story time event are not welcome here."

During the investigation, 1500 East, spanning from Emerson Avenue to Kingston Street, was temporarily closed to facilitate the K-9 unit's inspection. Subsequently, the road has been reopened to the public.

The ongoing investigation seeks to identify the individual or individuals responsible for the threat and uncover the motive behind the incident. Anyone possessing information pertinent to the case is urged to contact (801) 799-3000.