The Greenville, S.C., club was evacuated after two golfers spotted weed killer containers just off the cart path and took them to the clubhouse. The Hazardous Materials team, EMS and the Donaldson Fire Department arrived after the owner revealed the “vile” contents, and the sheriff’s department determined they were from a meth lab.
Donaldson Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., was evacuated September 26 after golfers found meth in a wooded area near the course, Florence (S.C.)-based WBTW News 13 reported.
Just off the golf cart path, close to the fourth green, Harold Alexander said he and his golfing buddy found some weed killer containers. Thinking they belonged to the club, they took the containers to the clubhouse, WBTW reported.
“The owner, he took the top off and he said it had a really vile smell, almost knocked the top of his head off, he said. So that’s when he called the Sheriff’s Department,” said Alexander.
Greenville County’s Hazardous Materials team, EMS and the Donaldson Fire Department rushed to the scene and evacuated the club. Crime scene tape was put up around golf carts and trees at the 9-hole public course, WBTW reported.
“It’s okay, I didn’t have a great round that first nine anyway. So I’m waiting to go back out and get a chance to get them back,” said golfer Gerald Smith, who works at the club.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office now says the containers were from a meth lab, WBTW reported.
“You see all kinds of things on a golf course. You see everything. You never know what you’re going to find. This is amazing, though,” said Smith.
A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said deputies do not know how long the containers had been out there, but Alexander said he’d played the course the day before and did not see them, WBTW reported.
Meth labs can be as small as a 20-ounce bottle and the contents can be volatile. The Sheriff’s Office said if you see a container and you’re not sure what’s in it, do not pick it up and do not open it. Instead, call law enforcement immediately, WBTW reported.