The main post office in Sumter was shut down about 8 o’clock this morning after several employees became ill following contact with an unknown substance. Sumter Director of Emergency Management Robbie Baker says, “The fire department received a call that approximately seven employees became ill while opening up packages and papers…they started to cough, became sick. They are triaging the employees. Shaw AFB’s hazmat team was also on the scene with more advanced equipment to take samples and tests.”
Baker said that law enforcement cordoned off Main Street around the post office building. Emergency Management says they are in a “wait and see” mode and an investigation is underway.