Lockdown lifted at Richmond Co. hospital after patient says they opened envelope with white, powdery substance inside

Lockdown lifted at Richmond Co. hospital after patient says they opened envelope with white, powdery substance inside

RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The lockdown has been lifted at a hospital in Richmond County after a patient said they opened an envelope with a white powdery substance inside.

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital - Richmond was placed on lockdown after a patient presented to the emergency department claiming to having opened an envelope containing an unknown white powdery substance.

Around 11 p.m., officials said the powdery substance has been identified as non-hazardous.

Officials say the patient brought the envelope to the hospital.

As a precautionary measure, the hospital locked down the facility, opened its Command Center and contacted law enforcement.

The Rockingham Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Emergency Management all responded to the hospital.

A Fayetteville Hazardous Materials team tested the substance and declared an all clear around 10:30 p.m. this evening.

Officials say the patient who presented to the Emergency Department is in good condition.

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