Just after 8 am this morning, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from residents stating that they had received a text message regarding a toxic fume release. The message appeared as though it originated from a local company. Upon investigation, deputies determined that the text was a hoax. The incident is under criminal investigation by St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives. To report suspicious activity in the parish or provide information on this case contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-828-1960, 985-384-1622, or by email at email@example.com.
For your information, below is a compilation of statements sent out today from the St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the company apparently targeted in the hoax.
From St. Mary OHSEP: OUR OFFICE HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS CALLS CONCERNING "TEXT MESSAGE ALERT" CONCERNING A CHEMICAL RELEASE. IT APPEARS THAT THIS IS SOME TYPE OF 9/11 HOAX THAT SOMEONE HAS STARTED AS A SICK SENSE OF HUMOR. THIS INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED AND COULD RESULT IN CHARGES BEING FILED. AT THIS TIME WE ARE ASKING IF ANYONE SEES OR HEARS ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THOSE TEXT MESSAGE WARNING, YOU ARE ASKED TO CONTACT OUR OFFICE @ (337) 828-4100 EXT 135 OR 136 AS PER DUVAL ARTHUR, DIRECTOR. http://www.stmaryohsep.org/
From Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant: September 11, 2014
We have been informed by the community that a text message has been received by several individuals indicating a release of toxic gas from the Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant near Centerville, Louisiana. The content as stated by the text message is not true. There has been no release of such toxic gas, explosion or any other incident in our facility. We are not aware of the origin of this text message.