Officials with the Coast Guard are investigating a potential “dirty bomb” at the Wando Terminal” in South Carolina. Officials state that the FBI is currently looking into it aboard a vessel.
A dirty bomb is composed of radioactive material combined with conventional explosives though nor radiation has been found at this time.
A report released by the Coast Guard stated that at 8PM authorities were made aware of the potential threat on 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.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Hazmat and EMS crews are also on scene. Workers say they have since been sent home, and were told to leave the terminal around 9 p.m.