White powder brings hazmat crews to prison

Bennettsville, SC - BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - White powder in a package delivered to the federal prison in Bennettsville forced officials to call in a hazardous materials team and isolate inmates and staff.

According to Federal Correctional Institution-Bennettsville spokeswoman Terri Whitehead, the package was delivered to an isolated area of the prison around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Whitehead said the substance has not yet been identified, but in accordance with local procedures, prison officials called Bennettsville Fire, Police, ambulance, the Marlboro Rescue Department and a hazmat team.

An investigation is ongoing.

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