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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Suspicious Substance at Shenandoah Building was Non-Hazardous

For Additional Information:

Laura Rinehart, Public Information Officer

[email protected] or 571-233-1649

April 20, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Suspicious Substance at Shenandoah Building was Non-Hazardous

            Leesburg, VA. – Fire Department officials have determined that the substance that forced the evacuation of a Loudoun County facility on Thursday afternoon was not hazardous.

            At approximately 2:15 p.m. Thursday, the Loudoun County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a suspicious substance found by an employee at the Shenandoah Building, located at 102 Heritage Way N.E. in  Leesburg. Fire and rescue units from Leesburg were dispatched to the scene and encountered three employees at the facility that 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, and 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. 

Hazardous materials technicians suited up and entered the building to find and identify the unknown substance. Test results proved the substance was non-hazardous and that the employees were not in danger.

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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