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Authorities say threat call was a foreign scam

A potential bomb threat was called in earlier this afternoon at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
A potential bomb threat was called in earlier this afternoon at Marietta Memorial Hospital.(WTAP)
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 2:02 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Authorities say a bomb threat to Marietta Memorial Hospital was a foreign scam call.

According to a news release from the Marietta Police Department, just after noon on Friday, Marietta Memorial Hospital Security said it had got a call from a male threatening to blow up the hospital.

The Marietta Police Department says it found nothing suspicious when it responded to the scene.

The hospital was placed on diversion as bomb-detecting dogs cleared the hospital.  Officials say no bomb was found during the search.

The hospital was back to normal operations after several hours.

According to the news release, the threat appeared to be a foreign scam call and there was no credible threat.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio University Police Department canines helped with the search.

The Marietta Police Department a potential bomb threat was called in earlier this afternoon at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

A hospital official says that the building was put on diversion for safety precautions.

K-9′s from the Athens County Sheriff’s office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are both present on the scene to see if anything can be found.

Authorities expect the search to be over in the next hour or two and WTAP will provide more details once they become available.

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