Man sparks bomb scare at hospital

EUGENE, Ore. - The bomb squad responded to the emergency room at a downtown hospital Friday evening after a man showed up claiming to have a bomb inside of his bag, Eugene police said.

Patients and staff quickly evacuated that wing of Sacred Heat University District.

Police arrested Michael Jay Cole, 30 of Eugene, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police officials said that Cole was difficult to question, which they said could have been because of drug-use or or mental health problems.

Sergeant Chris Martis with the Eugene Police Department said that it is quite uncommon for someone to make a direct threat like this inside of a public building.

"He was eventually taken into custody for disorderly conduct and the backpack was examined by the bomb squad and rendered safe. No explosives were found in it," said Sergeant Martis.

The bomb squad neutralized the man's bag after examining it for potential explosives.

Police closed both 13th Ave. at Patterson St. as well as Hilyard St. at 14th while the Metro Explosives Disposal Unit investigated.

Ambulances were diverted to other hospitals due to the disruption.

At around 7:30 p.m. both Hilyard and 13th were re-opened to traffic.