PITTSBURGH - A string of bomb threats called into several Pittsburgh area hospital has the community on edge.
The threats were reported at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Allegheny General Hospital and Jefferson Regional Medical Center late Monday night.
Police said the first threat was reported at Children’s Hospital just before 9 p.m. According to authorities, someone called the facility and said a bomb would go off in two hours. Police released more details Tuesday saying the calls were made by a man and in some cases the message was recorded.
The threat at Children's Hospital caused a major disruption because many of the young patients can’t be moved quickly in the event of an emergency.
The second threat came into Allegheny General Hospital around 10:20 p.m., police said. Similar to the threat at Children’s Hospital, the caller said a bomb would go off inside.
Shortly after the AGH threat was reported, officials from Jefferson Memorial Medical Center reported a threat at their building. Pittsburgh police and bomb sniffing dogs were sent to all of the hospitals to check for explosives, and nothing was found.
A mother whose son is being treated at Children’s Hospital said the threat put her on edge.
“There’s a bomb threat to a children’s hospital? With all these children that are here? That makes me nervous. I want to get up there and find out what’s going on and ask the nurses,” the woman said.
But the threatening calls didn’t stop there; officials said two more threats were reported at two Target stores in East Liberty and West Mifflin.
Police searched both stores and determined they were safe.
"It’s not a joke and this is not something that we are going to take lightly,” said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
Toler said detectives are working to trace the calls.
“When we find this individual there will be charges,” Toler said.
Toler said whoever is responsible could face felony charges because several calls were made, in several jurisdictions.