RICHLANDS, N.C. (WNCT) – The intersection of U.S. 258 and Jesse Williams Road in Onslow County is back open Tuesday morning after a hazmat situation.
Onslow County Emergency Services director Norman Bryson said two people found two containers with hazmat labels while cleaning out a house, and gave the containers to an Onslow County deputy who was responding to a wreck.
The deputy called authorities and the intersection was shut down for several hours around 6 p.m. Tuesday to allow crews to work.
Emergency officials said the containers held laboratory test kits from 1986. The North Carolina National Guard’s 42nd Civil Support Team found the kits to be inert after testing the kits on scene.
Bryson said the kit had been without refrigeration for so long the laboratory kits were dead and posed no threat to the public.
Employees from HEPACO, a company equipped with emergency response, disposed of the materials.
The scene was cleared and the intersection was reopened by 2:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Bryson said the two people who turned over the materials are not facing charges.
Drivers had to use Haw Branch Road as a detour while the intersection was closed.