Hazardous material in Berkeley County identified as heroin

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — The Berkeley County Sheriff’s office and the Monck’s Corner Fire Department responded to a hazardous material situation at the Berkeley County Courthouse.

Authorities with Trident Medical Center say that the substance was identified as heroin by the Charleston Hazardous Materials team.

According to authorities, the building was evacuated as a cautionary measure.

Just before 2 o’clock this afternoon, 911 received a call about a fall with injuries in a holding cell.

3 inmates in the holding cell and at least 2 emergency responders were transported to local hospitals with complaints of feeling weak and lightheaded.

Michael Mule with the Berkeley County government said that “an unknown substance was inhaled and or ingested by three individuals in the holding cell.”

He went on to say that when the guard approached the cell, the substance was flushed down the toilet.

Officials say that the substance then went airborne and responders become symptomatic.

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