ST. LOUIS (KMOX) Updated at 2:15 p.m.- St. Louis Mercy Hospital says the bomb threat has been cleared for its campus in Creve Coeur. I-270 at I-64 has been reopened.
Two suspicious packages were brought to St. Louis Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by a mental health patient, Creve Coeur police say.
The patient was being admitted into the hospital, police say, when a hospital employee was concerned about a small cellphone-sized package, and a duffle bag. The employee found one package during the admission process, and discovered the second package later, Mercy says. The employee took both bags outside of the hospital, police say.
Police also say they do not yet know if the bags contained any explosive materials.
The smaller of the two suspicious packages has been rendered safe, Creve Coeur police say and they are expected to detonate the second.
All lanes of I-270 at I-64 in both directions were shut down due to a the suspicious packages at Mercy.
The hospital released the following statement:
“Two potentially explosive devices have been identified on campus at Mercy Hospital St. Louis today. Both are away from the building; no patients or co-workers are in harm’s way at this time. Law enforcement is on site and investigating the devices. Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to ensure the safety of our patients and co-workers, the hospital emergency department is diverting patients to other facilities. More information will be provided as it is available from law enforcement.”
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been briefed on the situation and directed highway patrol to work with local police in Creve Coeur, according to Twitter.
Someone walked into the emergency room carrying a package they said was a bomb, according to police.
A Mercy employee took the package outside and alerted police.
The bomb squad is on the way to the scene.
KMOX’s Maria Keena is on the scene and will have more details as they become available.
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