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April 21, 2013

Hospital staff assisting police with bomb search of CRMC; patients evacuated

CULLMAN —

Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman has been evacuated, and law enforcement authorities and hospital staff are searching the campus for an alleged bomb.

The housekeeping staff, because of their knowledge of the hospital, are involved with police in an extensive hand search of the facilities.

Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey told The Times that an unidentified man called 911 Sunday night and claimed bombs had been placed at the Cullman hospital, as well as Marshal Medical Centers North and South, in Guntersville and Boaz respectively.

The caller claimed the alleged bombs were set to explode tonight. A full scale evacuation is almost complete as of 9:30 p.m., and authorities are preparing to search the hospital.

Cullman Regional Medical Center chief executive officer Jim Weidner said all patients had been evacuated from the hospital and moved to the old Woodland Hospital site. Another report said the civic center in Cullman was also opened for patients.

Weidner said the threat was received about 9 p.m. and the evacuation began immediately. He said police are checking through the hospital with dogs to locate any potential explosives. He expects the police to finish the scan of the facilities by 10:15 to 10:30 p.m.

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