March 5, 2014
Business as usual was disrupted Wednesday when bomb threats forced the evacuation of two University of Virginia health facilities.
The first, at the West complex, was cleared a short time later.
Bomb sniffing dogs searched the building and officers cleared the scene.
Just a short time later, the second building to be evacuated was in the Fontaine Research Park.
Albemarle County spokeswoman Carter Johnson says the threat was made via phone call and referenced a specific area.
"A phone call threat was made to the department at which time the decision was made to evacuate the building."
That forced more than 300 patients and staff out into the cold while they waited for police and bomb sniffing dogs to search the building.
"So we did have officers and k-9 to search the building. After they did a thorough search and were able to conclude there was no threat in the building we were able to give the all clear at which time everyone was allowed back in the building."
Because this one required a longer evacuation, busses and wheelchair accessible vans were brought in.
Beyond worrying about the bomb threat, there were medical patients that needed to stay warm.
"Safety of the individuals, the occupants and employees inside was a priority so they evacuated the building. Everyone was removed from the building. They had buildings and busses nearby where people were able to go at that time."
Police have revealed they believe those two bomb threats are connected. University police are now investigating.
Albemarle Co. Police complete their search of the medical facilities located on Ray C Hunt Drive, and give the all clear.
K-9 & officers concluded a search of the scene. Building is clear. Investigators are following up on suspect leads. pic.twitter.com/3EPG90ldkK— AlbemarleCoPolice (@AlbemarleCoPD) March 5, 2014
Officials say a bomb threat was phoned in, and references a specific part of the 415 building.
Roughly 300 people wait outside the medical facilities located on Ray C Hunt Drive, as police continue to investigate a bomb threat.
Officials say the threat was phoned in, and referenced a specific part of the 415 building.
Bomb threat in Barringer Wing of the West Complex at the Medical Center. Follow police instructions. More information will be posted soon.— UVA Health System (@uvahealthnews) March 5, 2014
Police and fire crews investigated a building at the West Complex, before allowing workers and patients to return inside.
No threat was found in Barringer Wing. People are being allowed back in the building.— UVA Health System (@uvahealthnews) March 5, 2014
Emergency crews have responded to a building at the medical complex off of Fontaine Avenue.
Facilities at the medical complex have been evacuated as authorities investigate.