UPDATE: No Hazardous Material Found in Suspicious Powder, Oil

UPDATE 5/7/13 @ 12:10 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A portion of McJunkin's warehouse in Nitro has reopened after the all clear was given after a white powdery substance was found last week.

April 29, emergency crews were called to the warehouse to investigate when a worker opened a package from Mexico with a white powdery substance. The worker then started complaining of burning in his nose and watery eyes.

The powder was tested and nothing hazardous was found.

An oil found inside the package was also tested and the results found it was a mineral oil substance with metal shavings, according to C.W. Sigman with the Emergency Management for Kanawha County. Again, there was nothing harmful found in the substance.

The company blocked off the portion of the warehouse just as a precaution until investigators were able to test the substances.

No one was hurt during the incident.



UPDATE 4/29/13 @ 2:45 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Things are slowly getting back to normal in Nitro after a suspicious white powder was found at the McJunkin Redman Corporation Monday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene to investigate about 11:30 a.m. when a worker opened a package from Mexico with a white powdery substance. The worker then started complaining of burning in his nose and watery eyes.

Another employee also experienced similar symptoms. The two employees were treated at the scene.

C.W. Sigman with the Emergency Management for Kanawha County tells WSAZ.com the FBI took a sample of the white powder to one of its labs to determine what it is.

A portion of McJunkin's warehouse, where the substance was found has been blocked off to keep other employees away until crews identify the substance, Sigman said.

Sigman says it could take a day or two before the results of the powder are back.

Pickens Road was closed to traffic for nearly three hours while investigators were on scene.

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UPDATE 4/29/13 @ 1:25 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspicious white powder has caused some traffic problems near the McJunkin Redman Corporation in Nitro.

A Nitro Firefighter tells WSAZ.com an employee at McJunkin was opening some packages Monday morning when he opened one from Mexico with a white powdery substance.

Emergency crews were called to the scene to investigate about 11:30 a.m. when the worker started complaining of burning in his nose and watery eyes. Another employee has also experienced similar symptoms.

The two employees were treated at the scene.

The Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the scene. The agency is still trying to figure out what the substance was in the package.

Pickens Road is currently blocked to traffic while investigators continue to investigate.

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ORIGINAL STORY
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The street near McJunkin Redman Corporation in Nitro is blocked by emergency workers after a suspicious package was found.

Putnam County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com someone found the package at McJunkin about 11:30 a.m.

Emergency crews are on the scene. Right now, it's unclear what's in the package, but investigators are taking every precaution by shutting down Pickens Road to traffic.

We have a crew at the scene.

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