Bomb scare forces lockdown at North Adams Regional Hospital

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NORTH ADAMS -- Police are investigating a bomb threat that targeted North Adams Regional Hospital on Monday afternoon.

The hospital was forced into a lockdown for almost two hours, after an unidentified person called in the threat at 1 p.m., claiming there was a bomb somewhere inside. A police search of the hospital turned up no explosives.

"We're following up on some leads we got from the hospital," North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick said.

An officer on the scene said there were two fire trucks outside the hospital on standby just in case, and that police and hospital personnel were searching the hospital for any suspicious devices. He added that the North Adams Police were working with the Williamstown Police to identify and locate the caller.

During the lockdown, all incoming ambulance and patient traffic was diverted to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. The building was not evacuated, but police searched room to room while the grounds outside were cleared, according to Burdick.

"The hospital followed all their procedures and protocols," Burdick said.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the hospital reopened and resumed normal operations, according to spokesman Paul Hopkins.



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