White powder sent to solicitor's office prompted Friday evacuation in Conway

Horry County Judicial Center being decontaminated after suspicious package sent (Nick Papantonis/WPDE)

A letter containing white powder was mailed to the Horry County Solicitor's office Friday, according to a case report for the incident.

Some Horry County Government and Justice Center employees had to be decontaminated that day, according to Horry County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brooke Holden.

The building was closed for the day around 1 p.m. and most staff members were told to go home shortly after. Many stuck around because they left their bags and car keys inside the building.

The report shows the powder was examined and determined not to be a threat to public health. The incident is referred to as a "hoax" in the report.

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said the letter arrived Friday morning and was opened by one of his front desk staffers about an hour before an alarm sounded.

The Sheriff’s Office, which is located just down the hall from Richardson, began investigating and called the City of Conway Fire Department Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Unit.

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