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Bomb threat at Loma Linda hospital a hoax, police say

May 3, 2012 | 12:18 pm

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Loma Linda University Medical Center has been reopened after authorities determined that a man who walked into the emergency room claiming he had a bomb strapped to his body was harmless.

The device was not an explosive, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies and bomb investigators from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department sounded the all-clear about 11:30 a.m. after X-raying the man in a concrete area of a parking structure, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

The unidentified man in his 50s initially made the threat about 9:15 a.m. He was removed on a gurney from the entrance of the emergency room before he was moved to the safe area. He was being questioned in connection with the incident and there was no immediate word on his arrest.

Bachman said the lobby had been partially evacuated and traffic shut down inside and outside of the emergency room, although the front entrance of the hospital had remained open.

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Photo: Loma Linda University Medical Center. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

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