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Man Claiming to Have Bomb Strapped to Chest in Calif. Hospital Found Harmless

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOMA LINDA, Calif.) -- On Thursday, a man walked into a hospital emergency room in Loma Linda, Calif., outside of Los Angeles, claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest. Authorities later discovered the supposed bomb was harmless.

Authorities say the man, described as a Hispanic male in his late 50s, was wheeled out of the Loma Linda University Medical Center on a gurney and into the garage where the bomb squad has been inspecting the device to determine if it poses a risk.

“He's being interviewed and there's currently an investigation taking place with our bombs and arson division,” Corporal David Clifford at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department told ABC News Radio. “They are currently trying to determine if in fact the device that he has on his person is a true explosive device or if it's inert or a fictitious device.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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