Coast Guard responds to potential threat at Port of Charleston

MIAMI — At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis in the Port of Charleston. The terminal was evacuated while bomb detection units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigated the threat.

A unified command was established to oversee the coordinated response.

The unified command identified four containers aboard the Maersk Memphis where the threat was posed. The containers were scanned and cleared.

The unified command determined there is no existing threat to the Port of Charleston at approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The safety zone around Charleston’s Wando terminal was lifted and the terminal has resumed normal operations.

Responding agencies included the Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Mount Pleasant Fire Department, Charleston County, South Carolina Ports Authority, National Guard Civil Support Team Unit 43, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

The original reporting source of the threat in port of Charleston was detained in Zanesville, OH on charges not related to Port incident and will be questioned by the FBI today.

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