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USC building reopened after evacuation for unknown chemical leak

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(Source: Jack Kuenzie) (Source: Jack Kuenzie)

A building on the campus of the University of South Carolina has been reopened after it was evacuated because of a possible chemical leak Wednesday afternoon.

The Columbia Fire Department was called to the building at 300 Main Street just after 1 p.m.  The building is USC's College of Engineering and Information Technology Annex.

The Columbia Fire Department says the hazardous materials team was called to the scene to investigate an unknown chemical leak. Firefighters closed Main Street between Whaley and Catawba Streets.

Brick Lewis with the Columbia Fire Department said investigators swept the building twice and they could not determine what the chemical was or where it originated.  Lewis says there is no threat. 

People were allowed back into the building prior to 4 p.m. and the 300 block of Main Street was reopened about an hour later.

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