NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies say they do not plan to file criminal charges following the discovery of chemicals at a home in North Charleston Tuesday afternoon.
"Apparently, the chemicals were discovered by an associate of the homeowner, who apparently retired from the VA Hospital as a chemist since 1994," Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said in a statement, adding the elderly homeowner had stored the chemicals in the garage area over a long period of time.
The chemicals were described as "very old and outdated scientific chemicals," Watson said.
Members of the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control contacted the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon and requested the bomb unit at a home on Nova Court for the removal of "hazardous material" from the residence.
"According to our bomb technicians, the hazardous material is described as an assortment of chemicals that could be unstable if not handled properly," sheriff's officials said in a statement Tuesday. "Presently, the chemicals doesn't pose a threat to the nearby area."
All of the chemicals were properly destroyed, Watson said.