People who evacuated the Twin Lakes subdivision in Ruckersville Tuesday night are now allowed to return to their homes.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office asked people in the Twin Lakes subdivision of Ruckersville to evacuate their homes Tuesday night. People from about 100 homes were encouraged to evacuate, but not forced to evacuate, after a box with suspicious material was opened in that neighborhood. Nearly half of those people took the sheriff's office up on its offer.
Greene County Sheriff Scott Haas said a family living in Twin Lakes inherited a box after a family member from Northern Virginia died but didn't know what the box contained. He says the family contacted the sheriff's office after opening the box.
Explosive experts from Fort Bragg in North Carolina are helping the sheriff's office and state police investigate whether the material inside that box is explosive or hazardous. Haas said the sheriff's department is letting those experts take the lead in the investigation.
People who chose to evacuate their homes were directed to the Red Cross shelter at the Ruckersville Elementary cafeteria to wait. Haas said there was no time set for when the people may be able to return to their homes, and said authorities will take as much time as they need to ensure things are safe.
Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, authorities told people that they could return home. We do not know yet what experts determined was in the box.
A few people that we talked to at the shelter said that they thought the sheriff's department was handling the situation well and appreciated the door-to-door notification about the potential danger.
The house is located on Buttercup Road in the Twin Lakes Subdivision. Wednesday afternoon Greence County police confirm that the suspicious material is still at the house.
The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Fort Bragg, NC is still at the house determining what the materials are. The EOD unit was called in because they are the on-call crew for our area when dealing with these types of materials. The EOD is now standing by, waiting for information on how to dispose of the materials.
We have crews on the scene, count on us to bring you more information as it becomes available.