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Folks allowed to go back home after hazmat situation

Published: May. 8, 2012 at 3:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM EDT
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SHELDON, SC (WTOC) - Folks have been allowed to go back in their homes Monday night after a scary few hours off Buckfield Road in Sheldon. Someone spotted smoke coming out of a ditch when it was raining Monday afternoon. When firefighters tried to put it out, it started smoking even more. They called the Northern Beaufort County Hazmat Team and evacuated three homes for several hours while trying to clean up the area.

"When we threw water on it, it started blazing more. The fire started going higher and we called 911," said LaShawn Thompson, Sheldon, SC.

"The person who saw it identified it as a solid on the side of the road. So, all we can say is that is some sort of hazardous material that reacted to the moisture. Once is started raining, it started smoking," said John Robinson, Beaufort Fire Department.

Investigators still do not know what it is that started the smoking. They are taking it back to the lab to run tests.

On Tuesday, the Sheldon Fire chief said there is still an odor. They have called in a private company to dig out the area and replace the contaminated dirt. Health officials say they think it might be chemicals used for agriculture.

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