Hazmat called to courthouse on white powder scare

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hazmat crews were called to the Chatham County courthouse Wednesday after an envelope containing a white powder was found.

Firefighters were called at about noon to the courthouse on Montgomery St. after an employee in the office of the State Court Clerk opened an envelope that contained an off-white substance.

Hazardous materials crews were called after the substance was examined.

Courthouse officials also turned off the air conditioning system to that office to help prevent any of the substance from becoming airborne, according to a news release.

Field tests showed the substance could be soap shavings.

After it was examined and determined that no immediate hazard existed, firefighters turned the substance over to Chatham County sheriff's deputies about 1:15 p.m.

Authorities are looking into opening a criminal investigation into the incident.

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