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Bomb threat locks IRMC

by By The Indiana Gazette on August 24, 2013 10:59 AM

Indiana Regional Medical Center was on high alert for more than five hours Friday after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the White Township facility.

Officials placed the hospital on lockdown just after 5:30 p.m. and turned control over to state police.

In addition to state police, officers from Indiana Borough and Indiana University of Pennsylvania responded and helped guard the hospital’s main entrance and the emergency room entrance.

Police remained at the hospital until 11 p.m., when officials declared the hospital safe and allowed normal operations to resume.

According to IRMC spokesman Mark Richards, police escorted all visitors from the building and turned away others as they arrived.

Workers arriving for overnight shifts were escorted into the 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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