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Update: People Back in Post Office After Evacuation


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman

Update 4 p.m.:

Danville, VA - According to the fire department, a suspicious chemical caused employees' eyes to burn. The hazmat team, fire department, life saving crew, and police were called to the scene.

All four employees who had symptoms were checked out on site. After hours of investigations, they determined a chemical, similar to pepper spray, ruptured accidentally. It was not through a mailing package, and everyone is very happy that it was not intentional.

"We do this as a precaution. That precaution paid off. And thus everybody walks away healthy and in good shape and the facility is not harmed," said Steve Dishman, assistant fire chief at DFD.

No one was taken to the hospital, and the post office was back open later Friday.


Update 12:30 p.m.:

Danville, VA - Officials say some substance was exposed at the post office that caused the people inside to have difficulty breathing. It did not come from a package.

The situation is under control, and people are back inside the building.


Danville, VA – Police are at the Danville Post Office after the building was evacuated Friday morning.

Officials say everyone was removed from the building on Teal Court about 10 a.m. People inside the post office were having a hard time breathing and their eyes were stinging.


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