University of Utah police investigating series of hospital bomb threats

University of Utah police are investigating a series of email bomb threats to University of Utah Hospital.

University of Utah police are investigating a series of email bomb threats to University of Utah Hospital. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — More bomb threats are being investigated by police at the University of Utah, this time at University of Utah Hospital.

Police say the hospital received 19 bomb threats from Sept. 12 through Sept. 14 through the hospital's website using a link designated to answer questions or contact patients.

"Each one of the suspected emails contained information about a bomb being placed in the hospital, and that it was going to go off, killing multiple people," according to a search warrant affidavit.

Some of the messages claimed that bombs were planted in both the University of Utah Hospital and LDS Hospital.

"Inside this hospital and inside LDS hospital bombs will kill you and will kill several patients in 1 hour. Do not evacuate hospitals. Stay in these 2 hospitals so you and several patients will be killed," one of the messages states, in part, according to the affidavit.

The sender left several return email addresses, including ""

A university spokeswoman on Thursday said the case is still under investigation by police. As of Thursday, no arrests had been made.

The university has investigated a couple of bomb threats that have received attention this year.

In August, a 19-year-old student was arrested and accused of making a bomb threat directed at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building. The student claimed he was joking and had no intention of placing a bomb in the Eccles building. No bomb was found by police.

In September, a 21-year-old woman was arrested and accused of threatening to detonate a nuclear reactor on campus if the Utes football team didn't win their game that weekend. That student also claimed her threats were not serious.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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