Greenville Lab Reopens After Haz-Mat Scare

Workers are now allowed back inside a Greenville medical business after a haz-mat team has determined it is safe.

An estimated 7 employees at Harris Histology Relief Services on Eastgate Drive began having burning throats and eyes this morning. Around 12 total work at the facility.

The business was evacuated after a package picked up that morning yielded a strong acidic smell once opened back at the lab.

The North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team arrived shortly after 2:00 p.m. About an hour later workers were allowed to return to the lab.

Greenville Fire-Rescue says air monitoring inside showed nothing unusual and the haz-mat team took part of the suspicious box to be tested.

Daniel Kavanaugh, director of the business says he picked up the package, which contained biopsy tissue. He said there was a yellow substance on the package, and at first he didn't think anything of it.

The director says the doctor who sent them the package told him it was sent without any problem.

The business is a histology lab that provides technical slide preparation for private practices, hospitals and research facilities.

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