CHARLESTON, SC – Crews are responding a hazmat situation at 55 George St. in downtown Charleston, after chemicals used to make meth were found on the roof of a College of Charleston residence hall.
Charleston County Dispatch confirms that crews have been on the scene at the George Street Apartments since around 2:20am.
Mike Robertson, Senior Media Relations Director at the College of Charleston, tells News 2 that two one-liter bottles filled with suspicious liquids were discovered by public safety officials who then called police.
Sleeping bags were also found in the area of the chemicals.
Initially, said Robertson, officials were looking for water leaks after employees of CVS, located below the residence hall, reported water dripping from their roof.
A hazmat team from Columbia and SLED officials are working to clean up the area and determine exactly what chemicals were discovered above the dorms.
Most of the dorm rooms were empty since there are no classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The remaining students hanging around the residence hall did not face any threat and were not evacuated.
The George Street Apartments, built in 2007, are an on-campus housing facility for upperclassmen at the College of Charleston.
According to Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, it appears squatters were living on the roof of a College of Charleston residence hall located on George Street.
According to Robertson, a city parking garage gives anyone, and not just students, access to the roof top. The school he claims has repeatedly asked the city to block it off.
At the George Street Apartments each unit (there are three-, four-, and five-bedroom clusters) offers single rooms with full-size beds, fully furnished living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, a washer and dryer and one or two bathrooms.