'All-Clear' Given Following OKC Hospital Bomb Threat

Monday, July 21st 2014, 5:49 am
By: News 9

An "all-clear" has been given at an Oklahoma City hospital after a man called News 9 to say his cousin placed two bombs in the building to protest gay marriage in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City police say they first received a call from the unidentified man at 10:30 p.m. Sunday who made a vague bomb threat to Deaconess Hospital on North Portland Avenue.

Fifteen minutes after that call, we received a call here at News 9 from an unidentified man reporting the same threat.

“The man on the phone said his cousin claimed he placed two bombs in the hospital to protest the gay marriage ruling last week,” said News 9 Assignment Editor Elyssa Mann who took the phone call. The caller told Mann the bombs were set to go off at 8:00 a.m. and were placed on the third floor of the hospital and in the parking garage.

News 9 immediately notified Oklahoma City police of the call. Police officers rushed to the hospital and did a sweep of all the buildings. They told our crew on scene there was nothing suspicious or unusual in the hospital. They said there was nothing for the bomb squad to come out and investigate.

Last week a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution.