A suspicious odor caused the Band and Dance Hall on Sumter Street to be evacuated for about 30 minutes Thursday morning.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to a reported gasoline smell inside the building, according to Capt. Eric Grabski, spokesman for USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.
Fire personnel were dispatched at 10:03 a.m. and arrived at the building at 10:09 a.m., when everyone inside was asked to evacuate the building, Grabski said.
Nothing was found amiss inside the building, and at 10:40 a.m., officials determined the scene was all clear and it was safe to re-enter the building.
Carolina Alert announced the incident on its website and Twitter at 10:27 a.m. Personnel from USC Law Enforcement, USC Environmental Health and Safety and USC Facilities also responded to the scene, according to Carolina Alert.
— Compiled by Sarah Ellis, Assistant News Editor