Bomb scare forces PSL Holiday Inn to evacuate

By Allison Bybee bio | email
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PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A Treasure Coast hotel was evacuated because of a radiation scare. After six hours of testing, police announced there are no bombs in the Holiday Inn in Port St. Lucie.

It all started just after 5:00 p.m. Thursday night. A man claimed he had radiation poisoning, and said he had bombs in two bags in the hotel.

Thursday evening, a cab driver dropped a man in his 50s off at the Holiday Inn on Jennings Road. The man said he was having respiratory problems and might have radiation poisoning. Experts were called in and the man tested negative for radiation poisoning. Police officers tell us then the man told police he had two bags containing bombs. All hotel guests were evacuated as a safety precaution. Hotel Guest, Jack Wooldridge, says, "I thinking it's kind a bad. I can't get into my room. I need to take a shower. I just got off work. I'm hungry. Need to eat." Hotel Guest, Mark Baker, says, "I'd say about one hour, hour and a half. All I wanna do is go take a shower so I can go get some food."

The bomb squad was called in because when officers first arrived one of the bags tested positive for radiation, but a second test came back negative. As a safety precaution, all proper procedures had to be followed.

One of the bags was blown up by the St. Lucie County Bomb Squad. The man was taken to St. Lucie Medical Center. At this time no charges have been filed.

Inside the bags: papers, cassette tapes and phone charger.