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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Six deputies and three nurses from the Chesterfield County Jail were hospitalized Thursday night after they came into contact with an 'unknown white substance.'

Deputies at the Chesterfield County Jail were conducting a “shake down,” a practice to identify illegal contraband, of the 'transit area' of the jail where new inmates are held until being assigned to the general population.

During the 9 p.m. shakedown, deputies came across a white powdery substance and began to experience lightheadedness and rashes.

Chesterfield Police, fire, and EMS arrived on scene to decontaminate the area and identify the powder.

Chesterfield Detectives are continuing to investigate the matter with the assistance of Chesterfield Police.

Those hospitalized appear to be in good condition.

This is a developing story.

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