scare causes partial evacuation of Stanford, Packard hospitals
Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital were partially
evacuated Thursday after a threatening call, police said.
An unidentified man phoned the Stanford Hospital about 10:30 a.m. and
implied that a bomb was set to explode in its emergency room -- or
at the children's hospital -- in an hour, said Detective Lori
Kratzer of the Palo Alto Police Department.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department searched the emergency
room area and the first two floors of the children's hospital after
most patients in those sections had been evacuated, Kratzer said.
No bomb was discovered, but hundreds of people -- including visitors,
nurses, doctors and patients -- were affected by the threat, Kratzer
said. Traffic on roads leading to the hospitals was diverted, and the
incident kept police and other emergency officials tied up for about three
The buildings were reopened about 2 p.m.
"It's unthinkable that someone could do this at this time,"
Kratzer said, referring to Tuesday's terror attacks in Manhattan
and just outside of Washington, D.C. Kratzer acknowledged that the response
to the hospital threat was unusually extensive, in light of those twin
"If we find out who made this call, we will seek criminal prosecution,"
This was the second terrorist threat to Stanford in three days. On Tuesday,
an anonymous, male caller told said "the Hoover library would be
gone in an hour," according to Sgt. Laura Wilson of the university's
Public Safety Department.