West Virginia hospital evacuates after bomb threat

Madison, W.Va.-based Boone Memorial Hospital was evacuated following a bomb threat on the evening of Dec. 4.

Staff received the threat via telephone at 9:04 p.m., according to a news release shared on Boone Memorial Health's Facebook page. Law enforcement was contacted and the hospital was evacuated using its "Bomb Threat Emergency Preparedness Procedures." 

Patients and staff were relocated to the health system's family medicine clinic, while some patients requiring higher levels of care were transferred to other hospitals, the release said. 

The state police's bomb squad, law enforcement officials and hospital personnel swept the campus for several hours and did not identify a threat, according to the release. Patients and staff began returning to the hospital at 2:10 a.m., and normal operations ensued at 2:25 a.m. 

The Madison Police Department is conducting an investigation, the release said. 

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