HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Authorities have given the all clear at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway after a suspicious package was opened.
Conway Fire Chief Le Hendric said the substance inside the package was tested and it was determined there was no threat. One more test will be done on the substance as a precaution.
A press release from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office stated the Horry County Solicitor’s Office received a suspicious package on Friday and alerted the HCSO. It’s not clear who sent the package.
Employees were evacuated after 1 p.m. from the building and it was shut down for the day as the sheriff’s office opened an investigation and called the Conway Fire Department Hazardous Materials Unit.
Many employees waited until it was safe to go back into the building, which was a few hours later.
“Anytime that you have a hazardous materials incident it’s a very slow process. We want to make sure that everyone is safe, we want to make sure that all the teams are ready and in place,” Hendric said. “The biggest critical part is we have a backup team, so if the crews that do make entry encounter an issue, someone can come in and rescue them.”
The Conway fire chief says the last time a hazmat situation rose to this scale was at least two years ago.