UPDATE: Suspicious substance found at a Loudoun government building
The substance has been sent to a lab for further analysis.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. today, the Loudoun County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a" suspicious substance" found by an employee at the Shenandoah Building, located at 102 Heritage Way NE in Leesburg, according to Loudoun County officials. The building houses employees with the Loudoun County Health Department and the Department of Family Services and Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services
Fire and rescue units from Leesburg were dispatched to the scene and encountered three employees at the facility who had come in contact with an envelope containing an unknown powder substance.
The building was evacuated and a hazardous materials response was requested bringing units from Dulles South, Leesburg, Lansdowne and support to include command officers, the mobile ambulance unit and canteen. The three employees were taken outside and quarantined while firefighters helped them rinse off, removing any possible material left on their skin or clothing. The exposed employees were kept in a separate area and observed while the investigation continued, according to Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.
Hazardous materials technicians suited up and entered the building to examine substance. Test results proved the substance was non-hazardous and the employees were not in danger, according to county officials.
Crews removed the envelope and cleansed any exposed area before escorting remaining employees back inside the building. One adult was transported to Cornwall Hospital Center for medical evaluation for a non-related condition. No first responders were injured during this incident.
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