Bethesda, Maryland had quite a scare today, after the Navy began sweeping for bombs. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was evacuated over bomb threat.
WTTG reports a Walter Reed building was evacuated today after someone made a call about a bomb. The threat got authorities on code black alert. A building at the Walter Reed Center was evacuated and all appointments at the Bethesda Military Medical Center were suspended until 2 p.m.
According to Joe Macri, spokesman for the Naval Support Activity Bethesda, said a man called the Walter Reed Medical Center in the morning, at 8:50. The man announced a bomb will go off in Building 19 or the America building one hour and a half later.
The bomb was supposed to explode at 10 a.m. and building 19 in Walter Reed Center was evacuated. Witnesses said explosive detection dogs have swept the building. An email sent to the Walter Reed staff confirms Daily Caller’s intel.
“In response to a security concern we are currently in a Code BLACK level of security. As a result, building 19 (American Building) no personnel, patients or visitors are allowed in this building and no one is allowed to leave” reads the email received by the staff.
“Code BLACK will remain in effect until further notice and additional information will be shared with WRNMMC personnel through their Chain of Command and WRNMMC postmasters” added the email.
Although authorities haven’t disclosed any other details, the bomb threat at Walter Reed building America might be in connection to the recent Sikh temple attack. The Walter Reed website does read it serves “military families and our nation’s active duty, returning war heroes, veterans and our Nation’s leaders”.
Wade Michael Page, the gunman in the Sikh temple attack was a former Army sergeant with connections to a white supremacist group. Page fired a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and killed six people, leaving another four wounded at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. He was eventually shot by a police officer and a FBI report reads Page killed himself soon after that.