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Friday, 16 November, 2007

Quebec ER bomb threat "a bad joke"

The Montreal Gazette :

Two men face possible charges after a bomb scare emptied the emergency room of a hospital in St. Hyacinthe yesterday. The men, described as being in their 20s, walked into the Honoré Mercier Hospital Centre just before 9 a.m. One of the men said they were going to "blow the place up" and left a travel bag on the floor, said Constable Ronald McInnis of the Sûreté du Québec. About 20 people, including 11 patients, were transferred to other parts of the hospital by staff and police. A bomb squad determined the bag did not contain any explosives. The pair were being questioned late yesterday afternoon. McInnis said he was not certain what charges they might face and said the incident appeared to be "a bad joke."

The Honoré-Mercier Hospital has had a rough year, having for poor cleaning that led to a deadly outbreak of C difficile. NRM reported on the infection control problems at Honoré-Mercier in and .

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