Terrorism has unfortunately become a part of our daily lives as terror threats seem to be coming into the U.S. constantly.
This week, a South Carolina shipping port was evacuated after a bomb threat came in. We can only hope that it does not become a target again…
Coast Guard officials confirmed Wednesday the Wando terminal at the Port of Charleston was evacuated, and part of the Wando and Cooper rivers closed to boat traffic because of a threat aboard a container ship.
Capt. Greg Stump, commander for Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said Wednesday local, state and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all at the Wando terminal investigating the threat, and port employees had been evacuated.
Lt. James Zorn, spokesperson for Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said early Thursday morning the ship in question is the Maersk Memphis. The Memphis docked at the Wando port terminal shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Capt. Stump, a YouTube “conspiracy theorist” made a claim about a threat aboard the Memphis, and authorities are investigating the threat out of an abundance of caution.
In two videos posted Wednesday to YouTube, a man named George Webb claims there to be a “dirty bomb” aboard the Memphis, loaded in Pakistan during a recent trip to the Middle East.
According to online records from Maersk Lines, the Memphis did return recently to the U.S. from the Middle East.
Between leaving the U.S. April 14 and returning June 12, Maersk records show the Memphis docked at ports in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Oman, Egypt and Spain.
A “dirty bomb” is defined by several online sources as an explosive device loaded with radioactive or radiation polluted materials. It is not a true nuclear weapon.
Thank God nobody was hurt!