Loudoun County Offices Declared Safe After Suspicious Powder Scare

Update: Investigators who responded to the Loudoun County government’s Shenandoah Office Building for the report of a suspicious substance this afternoon found no health hazard.

Located near the Walmart shopping center along Heritage Way in Leesburg, the building houses some of the county’s social service and employment service agencies.

Crews were called to the scene just after 2:15 p.m. after employees reported an envelope containing powder.

The building was evacuated as a precaution. A hazardous materials response brought fire-rescue units from Dulles South, Leesburg, Lansdowne. The three employees were taken outside and quarantined while firefighters helped them rinse off to ensure the material was not on their skin or clothing. The exposed employees were kept in a separate area and observed while the investigation continued.

Hazardous Materials Technicians suited up and entered the building to find and identify the substance. Test results proved the substance was non-hazardous and that there was no danger to  employees.

Crews removed the envelope and cleaned and exposed areas before escorting employees back inside the building.

One adult was transported to Cornwall Hospital Center for medical evaluation for a non-related condition.

One thought on “Loudoun County Offices Declared Safe After Suspicious Powder Scare

  • 2017-04-21 at 12:40 pm

    What a relief. In the meantime, I am glad they were able to navigate their way back into that building as the number of shopping carts left abandoned, tipped over and parked along the sidewalks and roads just outside of the Walmart Shopping Center is immense.

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