Nova Scotia

Bomb threat closes New Glasgow hospital

A hospital in northern Nova Scotia was evacuated Monday after receiving a bomb threat.

A hospital in northern Nova Scotia was evacuated Monday after receiving a bomb threat.

Pat Lee, CEO of Pictou County Health Authority, said New Glasgow's Aberdeen Regional Hospital got a phone call at 7:15 p.m. saying there were bombs in the building.

"We implemented our code black policy, which is for bomb threats," he told CBC News. "We consulted with police and made the decision immediately to evacuate the hospital."

A total of 93 patients were cleared out of the long-term care site and the emergency department. Buses and other vehicles transported them to nearby nursing homes, businesses and hospitals in Antigonish and Halifax.

The emergency room remains closed and Lee advised those needing its help to call 911 or go to ER departments in Colchester Regional Hospital, Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital or St. Martha's Regional Hospital.

Bomb-sniffing dogs on scene

"The sniffer dogs are coming from Halifax, so the police are looking after that. We anticipate to be open in five to ten hours," he said.

"All patients seem to have tolerated the move quite well. Obviously it was a little confusing and quite hectic as we evacuated the building in the course of about twenty minutes to a half hour. It was organized, frenetic activity."

Const. Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Police Service said his officers, along with canine units from the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police, were investigating.

"Dogs are on site that have bomb-sniffing capabilities and are now in the hospital conducting a search," he said at about 10 p.m.

East River Road is blocked off, he added, saying it would take several hours to clear the building and then a few more hours before the hospital would be re-opened.