According the Savannah Fire Department employees from the State Court Clerks office on the third floor of the Chatham County courthouse were opening mail this afternoon when one of the employees opened an envelope full of a white powder substance. The third floor of the courthouse was closed off and sheriff's deputies and HAZMAT responded to investigate.
Mark Keller from Savannah Fire and Lt. Shawn Taber from the sheriff's office agreed that employees did the right thing.
"We sent a HAZMAT response over. Our firefighters suited up and went upstairs and they were able to collect the substance and clean up the area. They brought it back down and did a field level exam and fortunately it appears it was nothing hazardous it possibly was some soap shavings," said Keller.
"You don't know what it is and so you have to expect the worse and pray for the best and in this case that is what happened,"said Lt. Taber.
Just to be sure, EMS did respond and employees were checked out.
None of the material was hazardous.
The third floor of the courthouse was closed off for about an hour.
The Chatham County Sheriff's have not released the name of the person who sent the letter.