Coast Guard: Threat cleared at Charleston port

A look at the port in South Carolina where emergency vehicles arrived overnight

Coast Guard officials said there is no danger at a Port of Charleston terminal in South Carolina, which was evacuated because of a claim about a threat aboard a ship.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, authorities heard of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis in the Port of Charleston. The ship was coming from New York.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston commander Capt. Greg Stump said employees were evacuated Wednesday night and a portion of the Cooper River was closed.
Stump said a YouTube conspiracy theorist reported a suspected threat aboard a container ship in the port. The source of the threat was detained by authorities for further questioning.

The Coast Guard identified four containers aboard the Maersk Memphis, which were scanned and cleared.

The safety zone around was lifted and Charleston's Wando terminal has resumed operations.

The investigation was complete around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

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