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A bomb threat received late this morning at Artesia General Hospital has been deemed not credible.

Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched to AGH, 702 N. 13th St., around 11:30 a.m. today in reference to an emailed threat received by at least one staff member. According to the APD, the email stated an explosion would occur if electronic funds were not transferred.

Hospital protocol was initiated, and AGH was placed on lockdown while a search of the facility was conducted. No explosive devices were found.

“No patients were in danger, nor are they now,” said Cmdr. Lindell Smith of the APD. “There was no property damage or injuries associated with the incident.”

As of 12:30 p.m., the hospital was back open for regular business.

Smith says law enforcement agencies specializing in such threats are currently assisting the APD in determining what, if any, actions will be taken as a result of the message.

The Daily Press has also learned a bomb threat was received today at a hospital in Lovington.

The APD urges local businesses and entities who receive similar email messages to initiate their internal protocols. Smith says several organizations nationwide have received such messages in the recent past.

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