Last Friday, the Xuhui District PSB was reported to have received a “threatening message” claiming there was a bomb in the Ikea store located on the corner of Caoxi Lu and Sanhui Lu. Acting on the news, a team of about 50 policemen was dispatched to the store to evacuate everyone. Patrons were only told there was a “mechanical problem” and within half an hour, the store was empty. Police then combed through the store with the help of the special service unit of the fire department and ascertained that there was no bomb in the store. The case remains under investigation.
And then, just two days after the Ikea bomb scare, Wang Jianshuo writes of what he thinks could have been a bomb scare in Lujiazui:
The undergrand garage of Super Brand Mall was closed today. There are two policemen safeguarding the entrance, and the entrance was blocked completely with big red road blockers.
At the very begining, I thought it was because the parking lot has been full. Without second thought, I drove on, took a U-turn and get back, and turned right into Shangri-la hotel – my favorite parking lot (although it charges the same as Super Brand Mall – 10 RMB per hour).
To my surprise, the same thing happened with that parking lot. Policemen are standing in front of the entrance, and the sign shows the parking lot is full, again.
I still didn’t realize anything. I thought – what a Christmas crazy time!
I drove on again, and turn right at the Fudu Road – the road along the Huangpu River in Pudong.
Again, all the cars parking long the roads are cleared up. There are five policemen there, and asking all the cars to move on.
I thought it is maybe because this place was cleared up that all the parking lot was full.
I drive on and on, until I reached the parking area under the garden of the Huangpu Park. In normal days, this parking lot is always full, and I didn’t expect they have space. Again, to my even greater surprise, it is almost empty – only 1/5 of the places were occupied.
When I drove back alnog the Lujiazui area, I found there are at least one policeman at every corner of the street. It is unusual.
Then I started to connect what I saw to the news Wendy told me: Ikea received bomb threat in the garage, and all the customers were evacuated at around 7:00 PM the other day.