HORRY COUNTY, SC – The Carolina Forest Post Office was closed Thursday afternoon after a citizen reportedly opened a letter and discovered a white powdery substance and threatening letter inside the facility.
According to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police, the individual got scared and dumped the envelope at the Post Office then drove himself to the Conway Medical Center just after 2 p.m. The person carried the threatening letter into the hospital, adds Lt. Denis.
State, federal and local hazmat specialists are assisting and investigating. Officials are attempting to identify the substance, but the Carolina Forest Post Office is on lockdown. All postal workers were evacuated and are not permitted to return into the building. Officials will not clear the scene until the white powdery substance has been identified.
A portion of the Conway Medical Center was closed following the person’s entrance. Hospital spokesperson Julie Rajotte says emergency walk-in traffic has been rerouted during the hazmat investigation.
Rajotte adds that ambulances are being diverted as the emergency room area is shut down. One nurse and the patient have been isolated. A complete washdown of the emergency room area and any other portion of the hospital where the patient walked will be completed before the hospital is reopened.
Conway Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Carter confirms his crew is at the Conway Medical Center assisting with the Hazmat investigation and that the scene is contained.
Conway Police are also on scene on the hospital assisting with traffic control and direction, confirms Lt. Selena Small.
The patient’s condition is not known at this time, although officials do confirm the individual is isolated.