Officials: Bag that caused evacuation of North Charleston gas station found to contain baby powder

For the second day in a row, emergency officials were called Thursday to investigate a suspicious, white powdery substance at a building.

The North Charleston Fire Department was called just after 9:35 a.m. to the Sunoco Gas Station located at 4900 Ashley Phosphate Road for a report of a plastic bag with white powder found on the ground by an employee.

Firefighters evacuated the building and roped off the area until it was determined to be baby powder, according to spokeswoman Bianca Bourbeau. Crews cleared the area just after 11:30 a.m.

A Hazmat team was sent Wednesday to the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Meeting Street in Charleston after white powder was spotted in an envelope. It turned out to be talcum powder.

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