According to Nitro fire chief J.A. Elkins, a suspicious package was received by the McJunkin Corporation this morning around 11. Elkins said the package was sent from Mexico from a company who sends regular shipments to McJunkin.
The FBI, HAZMAT crews, the Nitro Fire Department, the Kanawha County Bomb Squad, and the Poca Fire Department responded to the scene.
The package was opened by two quality control workers at the company, a male and a female.
The fire chief told 13NEWS that inside the box were small pipes with a coating of a white substance on the insides of the pipes.
After opening the box, the workers complained of burning eyes, itchiness and respiratory problems. The symptoms went away when the two were exposed to fresh air.
The workers were not transported and refused medical treatment, according to fire crews.
The FBI has taken a sample of the substance for analysis. Crews say it could take up to two days to determine what the substance is.
Officials at McJunkin told our crews that there is no threat to the public, and at this time work has returned to normal.
A suspicious package has been reported at the McJunkin Corporation in the Nitro area.
Hazmat teams are on the scene and are evacuating the immediate area. According to first responders, two people opened a package and began suffering lung issues. They have not been transported to a hospital and the extent of their injuries is unknown.
The Kanawha County Bomb Squad and the Nitro Fire Dept. have also responded to the call.
The call came in about 11:45 a.m. on April 29.
We have a crew on the way to the scene, keep checking back for more details.