Bomb scare prompts evacuation at Puyallup hospital
PUYALLUP, Wash. - Patients were temporarily evacuated from MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital while authorities investigated a bomb scare Sunday morning.
Two men arrived at the hospital with injuries at around 4 a.m., police said. The men were driving a truck authorities believed might have contained an explosive device or components for an explosive device.
The men, 18 and 24-years-old, parked the truck very near the hospital's entrance and caused a partial evacuation.
A Pierce County Sheriff's Department Hazardous Device Squad and ATF officials investigated and cleared the truck, which was damaged in an explosion earlier this morning.
Police determined an explosive device had detonated either inside or near the vehicle before it arrived at the hospital.
No one was hurt during the investigation.
Hospital officials said the 18-year-old had a serious hand injury likely caused by an explosive device. The 18-year-old has a history with law enforcement and explosive devices, Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle said.
The second patient, 24, suffered internal injuries and was cleared by the hospital. He will be booked into Pierce County Jail, police said.
Police say the 18-year-old suspect has had two prior contacts with police that involved potential explosives, the most recent on Thanksgiving weekend. He is currently recovering at Harborview and will be booked as soon as he has recovered.
The main entrance and the top floor of the parking garage have been cleared and re-opened to traffic. A tow truck was expected to remove the suspects' truck from hospital premises Saturday afternoon.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital said no patients or staff were harmed during the incident. Normal hospital operations have resumed.