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Bomb threat investigated at hospital

by By The Indiana Gazette on August 23, 2013 11:32 PM

Indiana Regional Medical Center was placed on highest security for more than five hours Friday after a telephone caller warned of a bomb at the facility.

Hospital officials placed IRMC on lockdown just after 5:30 p.m. and turned control over to state police.

Troopers from Indiana and heavily-armed municipal police from Indiana Borough and Indiana University of Pennsylvania guarded the main entrance and emergency room entrance to the hospital until 11 p.m., when officers declared the hospital safe and allowed normal operations to resume.

IRMC spokesman Mark Richards said that over the course of the evening, police escorted all visitors from the building and turned away others as they arrived.

Workers arriving to for overnight shifts were escorted into hospital by police.

While patients with life-threatening conditions were admitted to the Emergency Department, others with less serious conditions were urged to visit the hospital after the situation ended or to seek treatment at other facilities, Richards said.

Investigators reportedly found no explosive at the hospital.

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