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BECKLEY -

Even right here at home Southern West Virginia is experiencing a small taste of what could have been a tragedy.

On Thursday night, the Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley received a bomb threat and all patients were evacuated.

59 News got your reaction on this scare so close to home.

"I was really surprised that it would happen in West Virginia, and that close to home," said Leon Perry of Beckley.

"Until you just told me, I did not realize there was a bomb threat in Beckley. You wonder if it's a copy cat," said Becky Hurt of Beckley.

Just 3 days after the Boston bombs killed 3 and injured nearly two hundred, on Thursday night the Beckley Police and Fire Departments responded to Jackie Withrow Hospital after receiving a tip of a bomb threat.

The entire hospital and every patient was evacuated and the State Police quickly brought their bomb dog to search the entire building.

45 minutes later it was all clear and patients and staff were able to return.

The Beckley Police department said they are very thankful for the State Police and their bomb dog. They said without that help, Jackie Withrow and all it's patients would have stayed evacuated for a much longer time.

"Especially with patients in a hospital it's very important you get it done quickly and efficiently," said Beckley Police Sgt.. Bailey.

"I think the dog is worth his waiting money I think the dog is worth it," added Hurt.

Sgt. Bailey told 59 News the Beckley-Raleigh County area receives on average about 2-3 bomb threats per year and he said not one of them do they ever take lightly.

"We consider every one of them very seriously. As you know, with the Boston thing, we consider every threat with that amount of seriousness," Sgt.. Bailey said.

Perry told us he has great faith in our local law enforcement and gives them his utmost trust in the event a tragedy did happen close to home.

"The police force here would be just as good here as they were in Boston. We have a great force here so, they did a wonderful job in Boston but they would do the same here," Perry said.