News 12 at 11 O'clock / Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WRDW) - News 12 confirms that the Kimberly-Clark plant has been cleared of any threat.
Crews finished searching the building around 5:30 this evening. Nothing was located and employees are now back at work.
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WRDW) -- Over one-million square feet.
"It's going to take us some time," said Captain Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriffs Office.
Time to find what could be a bomb, inside the Kimberly-Clark facility in Beech Island, that's now at a complete stand still.
"They have evacuated the building, they have accountability of all their personnel, and we're making sure they're kept in one spot," said Abdullah.
The call came in around noon today. Just minutes later, the huge paper plant was evacuated.
"Right now, we're still in the process of searching this building," he said.
Crews have also called in a canine unit to assist with the search.
"Make sure that there's nothing that's dangerous or hazardous to anyone before they return back to work," said Abdullah.
Workers already at the plant when the call came in were evacuated. Those just arriving for the afternoon shift were told to go home.
"They have been letting some folks go, and they're actually keeping accountability of those folks that are leaving," he said to News 12's Patrick Price.
News 12 spoke with workers leaving the plant who said they weren't informed of anything going on.
They were told to go home and to come back tomorrow.
"As far as I know, this place, once we get done, they should be back up and running as normal," he said.
AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW) - Kimberly Clark Corp., located in Beech Island, S.C., has been evacuated after a bomb threat.
Local authorities are on the scene. Canine units were called in to search the one million square foot paper plant. We're told more than 1,000 workers are employed at the facility.
Workers on the afternoon shift were sent home by supervisors. Captain Eric Abdullah spoke with the facility and says those scheduled for the night shift should still plan on coming to work.
As of now, crews have not found anything in the plant. Please stay with News 12 for the latest on this developing story.
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