LAURINBURG, NC (WMBF) – Low levels of lead detected inside the Scotland County National Guard Armory in Laurinburg has led to it being closed to the public.
Capt. Matt Boyle, with the N.C. National Guard Public Affairs Office, said the lead was found during routine tests, which are occurring at armories throughout the country.
He added the lead was not airborne, and it was surface testing in the building that detected it. Closing the facility to the public was a precautionary measure to keep residents safe, as the building is often rented out for various events.
Boyle said the facility is still being used by the N.C. National Guard.
As for the cleanup, Boyle said funding must be approved to do the job properly. He added the money could take some time to acquire, and it might be five years until the building is reopened to the public.