Powder from package at Bon Secours was calcium bicarbonate, officials say


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Officials have identified a substance from a package which prompted a scare outside the emergency department of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System’s Eastside campus, Tuesday.

The white powder was identified as calcium bicarbonate, which the Greenville Fire Department says is commonly used in shipping to control humidity.

The department says the substance can cause disorientation and sweating.

The Greenville Fire Department told 7News Tuesday that someone received a package at their home with a white powdery substance inside which got on their face.

That person then drove to the hospital and left the package outside the emergency department.

The emergency department entrance was shut down after they found the package at 3:30pm Tuesday.

Fire personnel, police, bomb squad, and the National Guard responded to the scene.

The substance was then sent to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control for testing.

The campus was cleared and reopened Tuesday evening after several hours.

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