No Danger Found after Partial Evacuation of Hayward Hospital

No Danger Found after Partial Evacuation of Hayward Hospital

Updated: December 13, 2018 05:55 PM

An unattended package caused concern at Hayward's hospital after the facility received an email bomb threat Thursday, possibly as part of a national hoax.

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The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office says the bomb threat was reported at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water's Edge at 12:43 p.m. An unattended package was then found in a resident's room of the assisted living portion of the facility, and a wing of the building was evacuated.

Authorities reviewed surveillance video and saw that the package had been left by the resident's family members. A Duluth Police Department K9 checked the package and determined it was not a threat.

Sheriff Douglas Mrotek says the incident may be related to similar threats received around Wisconsin and the nation. The sheriff's office is investigating the threat, and Mrotek says they will cooperate with state and federal agencies to see that the person or persons involved are brought to justice.

The Associated Press reported that bomb threats have been sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations. Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice."

The New York City Police Department said the threats were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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