No bomb at Oneida Health Center; police say device was a radio

ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY) – Oneida Police say a device that prompted a bomb scare at the Oneida Health Center was a radio and there is no threat.

The facility, located off Highway 172 on the Oneida Reservation, was evacuated after the radio was found by clinic staff at about 8:30 a.m. The staff mistook it for a suspicious device.

The Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad and their robot responded to the scene.

“Upon the bomb squad responding and evacuation of the building, it was discovered it was simply a radio that had some additional batteries taped onto it or hot glued onto it,” said Rich VanBoxtel, Oneida Chief of Police.

VanBoxtel says the radio had been left out for the cleaning crew to use at night, and there was no intent for it to scare anyone.

Debbie Danforth, comprehensive health division director, says she is happy with how the staff handled the emergency procedures.

“We’re happy that this was a false alarm, but we’re better to be safe than sorry,” Danforth said.

The health center started seeing patients again at noon. Danforth says the clinic will be in touch with patients whose appointments were interrupted.