Fort Stewart officials gave the "all clear" at 1:45 p.m. today to reopen the installation post office, which was locked down when an unknown substance was found. The Fort Stewart Fire Department Hazardous Decontamination Team responded to the incident around 12:30 p.m. today.
"The Fort Stewart Fire Department Hazardous Decontamination Team has determined that the substance is not life threatening," said Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson. "First reports indicate that the unknown substance is a powdered shaving agent. A post office employee was admitted to the Winn Army Community Hospital emergency department after coming in contact with the unknown substance, and is now listed in stable condition."
The post office housed in Building 418 on Hase Road was closed and Fort Stewart police blocked Hase Road between Steel Road and Vilseck Road. The emergency department at Winn Army Community Hospital was also closed.
The Courier will update readers on the situation as information becomes available.