PORT CHARLOTTE: The Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad has cleared a bomb threat at the Murdock Shopping Center.
People are now being allowed back into their cars and into the nearby shops.
The Charlotte County Sherrif's office and the bomb squad were called in after a mother found a bomb threat note on her car.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says the essence of the message written on the note was that a bomb would go off if she turned on her vehicles ignition.
The note has been sent off for further examination.
All stores were evacuated and people whose cars are parked in the lot were forced to wait for hours before being allowed back into their cars.
A robot, followed by two bomb squad members, was used to inspect the car.
CCSO says the 22-year old Port Charlotte woman pulled into the parking lot with her two children, ages 1 and 4, when a dark colored truck with two white males pulled up alongside her.
The woman pulled up ahead and proceeded to get out of the car with her children and head into the grocery store.
After 20 minutes she came back out to load her groceries and children in the car.
She then found the bomb threat note and notified police.
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