Bomb threat at UPHS-Marquette hospital construction site deemed false

MARQUETTE — A bomb threat investigated by police at the construction site of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital this morning was found to be false, according to officials from the Marquette City Police Department.

“We evacuated the building, we went through with a bomb dog, nothing was detected,” said Detective Lt. Greg Kinonen of the Marquette City Police.

Kinonen said the threat initially came in at 10:25 a.m. today and the scene was cleared at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The anonymous threat remains under investigation at this time, Kinonen said, and declined to answer questions about the details of the threat.

Officials from UPHS-Marquette released a statement this morning while the threat was still under investigation.

“On Friday morning, August 24, an anonymous bomb threat was found on the premise of the new UP Health System-Marquette campus, which is still under construction,” said UPHS-Marquette Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development Victor Harrington in the statement. “The project managers and contractors on site responded immediately and appropriately to evacuate everyone from the premise and notify the appropriate authorities.

The safety of our people and community is our top priority. We are grateful for the swift evacuation of our people and contractors working on the construction site, as well as for the swift response of our police departments and emergency responders.”

Harrington could not be reached for further comment after the threat was cleared this afternoon.