Bomb squad removes pipe bomb from Dunedin hospital

DUNEDIN — The Tampa Bay Regional Bomb Squad removed a pipe bomb from Mease Dunedin Hospital early Friday morning.

The explosive device was unknowingly brought to the hospital late Thursday night by ambulance, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, hidden inside the belongings of a transient taken there for treatment.

Deputies said staff members discovered it after going through the stuff patient William L. McGehee brought with him.

They took the device outside and placed it south of the emergency room entrance on the building's west side. Then they called for help at 10:14 p.m.

Pinellas deputies arrived, then decided to call in the bomb squad from across the bay. Bomb technicians described the device as a pipe bomb made of copper.

They safely removed it from the hospital early Friday morning, deputies said.

No one was evacuated or injured during the bomb scare.

But McGehee, 51, is no longer a patient there. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a destructive device by deputies and taken to the Pinellas County jail.

Deputies did not release any more information about the incident Friday, including how McGehee allegedly came to possess such a device or why.

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Bomb squad removes pipe bomb from Dunedin hospital 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:32am]

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