Local law enforcement converged on the Hoboken University Medical Center this afternoon to investigate a bomb threat made over a pay phone, though Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante said the threat turned out to be unfounded.
.@HobokenPD, @HobokenFire, @HobokenVol_EMS, @JCPoliceDept – including their K-9 and bomb squad units – and the #HudsonCounty Sheriff’s Office all responded to a bomb threat at #Hoboken University Medical Center this afternoon.
No threat was found, full story coming soon. pic.twitter.com/IRgTmX1IET
— John Heinis (@HeinisHardNews) July 19, 2020
Located at 308 Willow Ave., around a dozen surrounding streets were closed off as HCV arrived at the scene just before 4 p.m.
Agencies that responded to the incident included the Hoboken and Jersey City Police Departments, the Hoboken Fire Department, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.
In particular, Jersey City provided a considerable amount of aid, with a K-9 unit, their bomb squad, and emergency services unit all present in the Mile Square City.
Ferrante tweeted about a half hour ago that the K-9 search of the hospital was negative, allowing lockdown to be lifted and streets to be reopened.
Additionally, Hoboken police detectives are actively looking into leads to determine who called in the threat.
The K-9 search of the @CarePointHealth HUMC proved negative. The lockdown is lifted and streets will be re-opening momentarily. @HobokenPD Detectives are investigating leads on the individual who made the call from a payphone.
— Chief Ken Ferrante (@KenFerrante) July 19, 2020