A FALSE bomb threat was reported at Saddleback Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.
Threats have been called about Laguna Hills, California, medical center at approximately 3:45 p.m. with representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on the scene to investigate.
“Investigators have confirmed the bomb threat reported at Saddleback Hospital was false.” tweeted Department of Police.
“The area has been searched and nothing suspicious has been found. Authorities will break the siege.”
Sgt. Todd Hylton said a man who called 911 from a cell phone said he was at the hospital with a bomb.
The man who made the call has yet to be identified.
Now, authorities are investigating the situation as a possible “swatting” call.
“Basically, it’s someone who contacts 911 and falsely reports an immediate threat, such as a shooting or bombing,” Hylton said.
“Some kind of immediate threat to get a law enforcement response.”
Hospital security and the Orange County Fire Department were also on the scene to assist with law enforcement.
No one was evacuated but some areas have been cleared but some areas of the medical center have been cleared as investigators conduct searches.
People were asked to “avoid the area” while the search was underway.
More to follow…
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