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Police: Hospital Locked Down After Patient Makes False Bomb Threat In Ambulance

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A 13-year-old Indiana boy was checking out of a Panama City Beach condominium with his family when he realized he’d left his phone back in the room and went upstairs to retrieve it – but the boy somehow fell 15 stories to his death.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images.)

A 13-year-old Indiana boy was checking out of a Panama City Beach condominium with his family when he realized he’d left his phone back in the room and went upstairs to retrieve it – but the boy somehow fell 15 stories to his death. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images.)

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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.

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