Street reopens after crews investigate suspicious package in downtown Charleston

Street reopens after crews investigate suspicious package in downtown Charleston
Charleston Police and Fire crews are investigating a suspicious package reported near the Charleston County Courthouse. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Police say a small amount of white powder in a letter prompted a hazmat scare in downtown Charleston Tuesday afternoon.

Police and Fire crews responded shortly before noon to a report of a suspicious package delivered to a law office on Broad Street. The initial call came in at 11:57 a.m.

Shortly before 2:45 p.m., crews gave the all-clear and began leaving the scene.

Broad Street has since reopened to traffic.

A post to the Charleston Police Department’s Twitter account states the suspicious package was a letter that contained “a miniscule amount of non-hazardous white powder.”

The investigation closed a block of Broad street near Meeting street in the area of the Charleston County Courthouse. Crime scene tape blocked off a law office in the 100 block of Broad Street.

The City of Charleston released the following statement:

“Due to a miscommunication at the scene, initial reports indicated that the substance tested positive for narcotics. This was incorrect. Due to the trace amounts recovered, the substance could not be identified with certainty, but it did not contain narcotics, explosives or biohazardous materials, and was reported to be non-hazardous.”

The investigation closed a block of Broad street near Meeting street in the area of Charleston County Courthouse shortly before noon on Tuesday.
The investigation closed a block of Broad street near Meeting street in the area of Charleston County Courthouse shortly before noon on Tuesday. (Source: Ambur Durr)

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