Around 8:30 Friday morning, two bomb threats were in to 911 dispatchers in Walker County. The targeted areas were a bridge on Highway 69 and Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper.
Efforts were immediately focused on Walker Baptist Medical Center because it was the most heavily populated. When officials with the hospital received the threat, staff and patients were quickly evacuated.
Spokesperson for Walker Baptist Medical Center, Renee McKinney, said the staff routinely holds drills to practice for these types of situations.
"We practice drills all the time to prepare for these types of things and the staff knows exactly what to do."
Jasper Police and Fire Departments set up a unified command outside the hospital. Crews and bomb dogs assembled and searched the hospital building for any potential threat. After hours of searching, the teams determined that there were no explosives inside the hospital. Patients and Staff were allowed back in the building around noon.
During the search process, hospital operations still continued. McKinney confirmed that one patient was forced to give birth in the hospital parking lot. The mother and baby are said to be doing fine.
No one has been arrested in connection to these bomb threats. But, Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe said the department is searching and has a lead on a suspect.
"Whoever is responsible for this very serious incident will not be forgotten. We will pursue it as far as our resources will allow us to" said Rowe.