JUPITER, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Local authorities were called in to investigate a bomb threat made by a patient who was en route to a local hospital – a threat that ultimately turned out to be false.
According to CBS affiliate WPEC-TV, the patient – 57-year-old Howard David Ballew – made the threat while being transported to the hospital Sunday evening for an unknown reason.
He reportedly told EMS workers that he had brought a bomb with him onto the ambulance, which was on its way to Jupiter Medical Center. As a result, local police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs were called in, and the hospital was placed on lockdown for approximately one hour.
After officials determined the hospital to be safe, Ballew was charged with making a false bomb threat.
On Sunday evening, he remained in the hospital for treatment for his undisclosed ailment but was all the same under police custody, WPEC-TV learned.