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Powder found in envelopes at Anderson warehouse

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Emergency vehicles are parked at a building at Commerce Warehouse and Distributors after a powdery substance is found. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) Emergency vehicles are parked at a building at Commerce Warehouse and Distributors after a powdery substance is found. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Hazmat teams were called to an Anderson warehouse Thursday after a white, powdery substance was found in two envelopes.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the letters, which had been sent to Michelin from a Charleston address, were being sorted at Commerce Warehouse and Distributors about 3 p.m. Wednesday, when a worker noticed a powder substance falling from them.

Skipper said workers quarantined the area, but did not call officials until Thursday.

Officials tested the substance and determined it had high protein levels, Skipper said. He said that because of those results, protocol dictates that the state health officials be called in to investigate.

A team from state Department of Health and Environmental Control arrived on scene just after 7 p.m.

Skipper said the worker who handled the envelope was displaying no signs of an illness.

The substance posed no threat to the community, Skipper said.

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