Patient brings suspicious package to South Carolina hospital ER

A patient reportedly brought a suspicious package to the emergency room of Greenville, S.C.-based St. Francis Eastside Aug. 7, causing authorities to halt all traffic surrounding the hospital, according to the Greenville News.

A spokesperson for the Greenville Fire Department told the Greenville News officials received a call about the incident just before 3:30 p.m. and halted traffic around the 93-bed hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police said the individual who received the package said it had been mailed to their home, and when they opened it, a white powdery substance got on their face. The individual promptly went to the hospital seeking treatment, according to WYFF 4 News.

The fire department spokesperson told the Greenville News members of the Greenville emergency response team donned hazardous materials suits to handle the package just after 6 p.m. All emergency room patients were diverted to other areas of the hospital as the city bomb squad and other agencies examined the parcel.

The spokesperson said officials began clearing the package and its contents around 7:20 p.m. Traffic lanes around the hospital reopened roughly 10 minutes later.

No explosives or chemical hazards were found, police said, and no one was injured during the incident.

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