WINCHESTER, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Walmart on 1895 Bypass Road in Winchester is reopened after an unknown substance shut it down Thursday morning.

At around 9 a.m the Walmart was evacuated and the Winchester Fire Department initially said 15 people were complaining of symptoms such as coughing. The department told FOX 56, that a total of 25 individuals were checked out by emergency medical services, but none were taken to the hospital.

The fire department and Walmart have a ventilation plan in place for the evening and the store was initially to be reopened Friday, but it is now open.

FOX 56 was told hazmat readings indicated the ‘unknown irritant’ had dissipated. The fire department said they called Columbia Gas and HVAC professionals.

Emergency units have since left the area.

  • Winchester Walmart
  • Winchester Walmart