Medical facility receives false bomb threat

September 20, 1994

Several workers and patients were evacuated from the Columbia Medical Plan in Oakland Mills because of a bomb scare yesterday, but bomb-sniffing dogs detected no explosive devices.

According to Howard County police, a female phoned the surgical area of the urgent care facility about 2:55 p.m. and said there was a bomb in the building. Hospital officials evacuated two buildings at the site on Twin Knolls Road.

"We had to evacuate people, and some were in the middle of a procedure," said Al Discepolo, president of Columbia Medical Plan. No medical problems were reported as a result of the interruption, however.

The buildings were reopened by 5 p.m., police said.

POLICE LOG

* Allview Estates: 6800 block of Allview Drive: A lock was found broken on the rear door of a vacant house last Thursday, but police said nothing was found missing.

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