Employees and customers evacuated Whole Foods on Friday afternoon. / Photos by Thane Grauel
Employees and customers evacuated Whole Foods on Friday afternoon. / Photos by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — About 100 customers and employees were evacuated from Whole Foods supermarket Friday afternoon after an alarm was triggered in ventilation equipment.

Several fire and police vehicles responded to the grocery at 399 Post Road West around 1 p.m.

Everyone was allowed back inside about 1:30 p.m.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows said a sensor in the store’s ductwork was activated.

“It was probably dust,” he said.

Firefighters checked out the store, and the mechanical equipment on the roof above before declaring it a false alarm.