False bomb threats force evacuations across Poland


WARSAW, Poland  — Hundreds of people were evacuated from hospitals, courts, police stations and prosecutors’ offices across Poland today after more than 20 apparently false bomb threats were sent by e-mail.

Police who checked all the locations said no explosives were found and there were no explosions at noon as the e-mails had threatened. One hospital in southern Poland was fully evacuated, one in Warsaw partially.

“The entire day was lost for us and for the patients,” said Wlodzimierz Migacz, director of a hospital in Katowice, who ordered a full evacuation, including of a prematurely born baby in an incubator.

“I hope the author of the e-mail will be found and punished,” Migacz said on TVN24.

TVN24 footage showed ambulances leaving the hospital to take patients to other medical centers. In Warsaw, it showed some patients and relatives waiting in front of a hospital.

People were allowed to return to the buildings later today.

Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz said there was no danger to anybody’s life or health and that the threats were a case of “unbelievable cheek” on an unprecedented scale.

He said finding the sender was a priority for the police.

A false bomb threat leading to major disruption carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years.