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Warrant search at vape shop sends deputies, medical crew to hospital

A1 smoke shop

 

Three deputies and two medical responders are under observation at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital after one deputy passed out and the others showed lesser symptoms when a container with powdery substance was opened and went airborne during a search of the A1 Smoke shop on West Church Street Friday afternoon.

            Chief Deputy Jeff Hall, who was at the scene, said none of the officers or first responders had symptoms that appeared life threatening, but all showed some effects from the powdery substance and were treated with standard decontamination procedure. They remain under observation at Piedmont Mountainside.

            Hall said it began when a powder, believed to be a legally sold substance used in vapes and in the powder form, went airborne.

            Hall would not comment on what the original search warrant was for at this time. He did say the package in question appeared to be a regularly sold item at vape shops, not an illegal drug.

            A Cherokee County Hazmat team is expected at the scene to begin both clearing the area and gathering samples. The parking lot for the neighboring stores in the West Church Street area that contains Pueblo Grille was closed. Hall said there may be some delay as they are seeking additional search warrants after the incident.

            Hall said the deputy who passed out had regained consciousness and is recovering, but was still being watched closely. He said they were exercising full caution with the officers and med crew.

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Steve Lawler
+14 #1 Steve Lawler 2018-09-14 15:22
:lol:
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Name deleted to not identify student
-12 #2 Name deleted to not identify student 2018-09-14 19:12
Thank God they are looking into these places! My son was warned but didnt listen and vaped from another kids vape and passed out at school and was rushed to Piedmont hospital by ambulance with an oxygen level of 77. This is so dangerous!
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George
-18 #3 George 2018-09-14 19:59
I read this twice I do see that Cherokee County is involved and pardon my ignorance for not knowing what City Church St is in .. If the City is named here I do not see it ...
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Guest
-20 #4 Guest 2018-09-14 21:02
Really think you guys should be putting your time and resources into something that's actually affecting people. Shows you how small of a town it is if this is where the polices time and effort is going. This whole thing is shady.
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pinto colvig
+14 #5 pinto colvig 2018-09-17 16:27
Sounds like the harmed deputy is elderly/infant or some other type of vulnerable population, and/or can't read big red labels on boxes that say "DO NOT INHALE FUMES" or HANDLE WITH CARE. Either way this deputy clearly should not be in the law enforcement field!
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Eloise tankersley
-14 #6 Eloise tankersley 2018-09-18 06:22
The should be finding the ones out there.saleing meth and worst drugs that killing people in surrounding counties I mean really vaping is bad that meth is killing innocent people and you letting them get away with it you'd rather us a vape store in the bust of meth head way to spend her money
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STFU
+11 #7 STFU 2018-09-19 05:41
Quoting Eloise tankersley:
The should be finding the ones out there.saleing meth and worst drugs that killing people in surrounding counties I mean really vaping is bad that meth is killing innocent people and you letting them get away with it you'd rather us a vape store in the bust of meth head way to spend her money


Were you high on something when you typed that?
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