Alto Weekly Online Edition
Sept. 13, 2001, 6:15 p.m.
Bomb threat unfounded at Stanford hospital
Police allow operations to resume this afternoon
Stanford Medical Center reports hospital operations resumed this
afternoon following an evacuation sparked by a bomb threat that
turned out to be unfounded, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Palo Alto Police Department Sgt. John Costa said that at about
10:30 this morning, the medical center received an anonymous phone
call threatening bombs in the main hospital wing as well as in the
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
"In light of recent events, we took the call very seriously,"Costa
said. "Within a half an hour of the call, portions of both buildings
Only a small number of medical staff in operating rooms and inpatients
were allowed to stay in the building, Costa said. Everyone else
was moved to staging areas in adjoining parking lots.
All patients and staff were allowed to return inside at about
2 p.m., after the Santa Clara County Bomb Squad completed a "search
and sweep" of the buildings and found nothing, Costa said.
Investigators have no leads on who phoned in the threat, Costa
said, except that the caller was a male adult, speaking in an accent
that wasn't typical to any specific culture, he said.
"It's not clear whether the man was speaking with an unidentifiable
accent or masking his voice," Costa said.
A Stanford Medical Center spokeswoman said all hospital operations
have continued as usual, and will tomorrow as well. - Bay
City News Service