The Coast Guard has announced that one person is being questioned about a possible threat at the Wando Terminal shipping port in South Carolina last night.
Live 5 News reported that the terminal was closed and the FBI was called in to investigate on Wednesday night after there was a report of a “dirty bomb” aboard a vessel. The threat was reported at 8pm, and it involved a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis.
“The Maersk Memphis is currently moored at Charleston’s Wando terminal which has been evacuated while bomb detection units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigate the threat,” Coast Guard officials said.
Workers were evacuated from the terminal by 9pm.
Fourteen Coast Guard agents investigated the containers in question with radioactive technology, but they did not find anything out of the ordinary. The person being questioned has been described as the “original source” of the threat.
#update the original reporting source of the threat in port of Charleston has been detained by authorities for further questioning.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) June 15, 2017
We will update you further as this story develops.