Suspicious package causes evacuation of Gwinnett justice center


A suspicious package that caused a court officials’ eyes to burn led to an evacuation of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a report of a hazmat incident at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive NW in Lawrenceville. The caller to 9-1-1 reported employees’ eyes burning after opening a package.

Crews arrived on scene and found the building in the process of being evacuated by law enforcement officers fromthe Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Incident Commander, employees in the Clerk of Courts office reported opening a package and the contents caused their eyes to burn.

When the Hazmat team arrived, they were instructed to begin their search in that area. Using two meters equipped with Infrared and Raman technology, the Hazmat technicians were able to determine that the package contained a dextrose-based substance considered to be non-hazardous.

Once this information was confirmed and no other potential threats existed, employees were allowed to go back into the building.