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Bomb threat at area hospital

• Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM

SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center received a bomb threat at its main campus early this morning. 

At 5:20 a.m., a call came through the Firelands Regional Medical Center communication center threatening that there was a bomb in the facility.

The Sandusky Police Department immediately was contacted. Sandusky police and firefighters responded.

An emergency code was issued to all employees, alerting them to the bomb threat. The main campus went on a lockdown.

All areas of the building were searched and at 7:04 a.m., the code was lifted as it was determined there was not a device in the facility, according to hospital spokespersons.

“We take any kind of threat like this very seriously,” said Sarah Henkel, director of safety and security at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “We regularly practice emergency exercises to keep our skills sharp in case a real-life incident occurs. Today our employees were on top of it — they took action and began searching various areas, leaving no stone unturned.

“While we are relieved that this turned out to not be a credible threat, our senses are heightened and we will continue to be diligent in keeping our eyes open for anything suspicious,” Henkel added. “Sandusky Police Department is conducting an on-going investigation into the source of the call.”

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