After two hours of confusion and rumors late this afternoon, McAllen (Texas) Medical Center reopened its doors after an apparent bomb threat.
Hospital officials declined comment other than to declare that the building was now “safe to enter,” much to the relief of dozens of concerned friends and family members waiting outside to see their hospitalized loved ones.
Hospital personnel outside the temporarily barred facility declined comment.
However, a source who requested anonymity, said the situation began when staff members in the hospital's emergency room became concerned after finding a suspicious item in a waste can in the ER earlier this afternoon. Local news reports, however, said the situation began with a bomb threat to the hospital phoned in to local police.