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Scene at the Carolian Forest post office. (Source: Conor McCue) Scene at the Carolian Forest post office. (Source: Conor McCue)
Crews at the post office in Carolina Forest. (Source: Kelly Matter) Crews at the post office in Carolina Forest. (Source: Kelly Matter)
The scene at Conway Medical Center (Source: Michael Walter) The scene at Conway Medical Center (Source: Michael Walter)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man received a threatening letter containing an unknown white powdery substance at the post office in Carolina Forest Thursday afternoon, officials confirmed. He was discharged from Conway Medical Center's Emergency Department Thursday night, and the hospital has resumed normal operations.

Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police Department says the substance has tested to be safe and non-threatening. He says that things will soon get back to normal at the post office and that no one has suffered injures.

The HCPD and FBI will continue to investigate this case.

As of 7:00 p.m. the man's vital signs are stable and he is doing well, according to Julie Rajotte, CMC Public Relations Director. Rajotte says he is eating and talking and is out of isolation. She says he is comfortable with no signs or symptoms of exposure to a hazardous material.

Rajotte says one layer of testing on the substance has been performed and officials are waiting on results from a second layer of testing before releasing any definitive information about the substance.

The man received a letter containing the substance at about 2:20 p.m. at the post office, and was worried after opening it, said Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police. The man then took himself to Conway Medical Center. He disposed of the envelope at the post office, but took the letter with him to CMC, Lt. Denis said, adding that he did not know if anyone was exposed to the substance.

A Conway Hazmat team secured the patient at Conway Medical Center, and a Myrtle Beach Hazmat team assisted with decontamination.  Ambulances were diverted Thursday afternoon in order to set up a parameter. 

Other patients in the hospital were not evacuated.

The patient who received the letter was monitored until Thursday night, once all testing was been completed on the material he was exposed to. 

Conway Fire was at CMC to help contain the scene, said Lt. Selena Small with Conway Police. She added that officers were there to assist with traffic control and direction.

People were being let out of the area of the Postal Way post office and not being let into the area, Lt. Denis said. Horry County Police, Horry County Fire Rescue, and a hazardous materials team was on scene there.

If yo have information about this case, call please call the HCPD or the local FBI office.

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