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Man accused of making bomb threat at Methuen hospital

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METHUEN, Mass. - A man was arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat at a hospital early Monday morning. 

Around 1 a.m., police said James Tirado, 41, approached a Holy Family Hospital employee and claimed to have a bomb vest. 

Officers arrived and found Tirado in the parking lot, along with two backpacks and a small suitcase outside the emergency room entrance. 

The bomb unit responded, along with K-9s, and it was determined that none of the bags had explosives, said police. 

Officers searched Tirado and found prescription drugs Gabapentin and Burpropion on him, said police. 

Tirado, of Lawrence, was charged with communicating a bomb scare and possession of a Class E substance. 

During the incident, patients were routed to other hospital entrances.