NCPD: Powdery substance on school bus 'unbleached flour'

NCPD: Powdery substance on school bus 'unbleached flour'

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Some flour caused a hazmat situation aboard a school bus from Pepperhill Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, police say.

A hazmat team from the North Charleston Fire Department determined a white powdery substance students aboard the bus reported was "unbleached flour," according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Police say students on the bus noticed a white powdery substance inside the bus and alerted the driver, who then pulled over and notified school officials. The bus was checked by a hazmat team as a precaution, Charleston County School District spokesperson Karen Black said.

The students were removed from the bus and were being checked by EMS personnel as a precaution, and will be held on a second bus that will transport them home when all students are released, Black said.

District officials say they are in the process of notifying parents of the situation.

Charleston County Sheriff's Department Security and Emergency Management; and Durham Transportation also responded, Black said.

Police do not know how the substance got onto the bus, but the investigation is ongoing, Pryor said.

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