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Coast Guard: Individual who reported unfounded Charleston port threat detained in OH

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Officials with the United States Coast Guard Southeast said the original source that reported a threat in the port of Charleston has been detained by authorities for questioning, after they determined it didn't exist.

USCG Southeast tweeted just before 1 p.m. that the individual was detained in Ohio on unrelated charges.

According to our local Charleston area affiliate WCSC, federal and state authorities began investigating a threat reported at Wando terminal around 8 p.m. after authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis.

The official information was posted on the USCG website:

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 Maersk Memphis is currently moored at Charleston's Wando terminal which has been evacuated while law enforcement units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigate the threat.

An unified command has been established to oversee the coordinated response.

For updates, follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

Around 3:43 a.m., USCG Southeast tweeted that there was no existing threat to the port, that the terminal would reopen and that the safety zone was lifted.

USCG said their agency, FBI, SC DNR, Mount Pleasant Police, Mount Pleasant Fire, Charleston County, Charleston Port Authority, National Guard CST unit 43 and CGIS all assisted in the investigation.

The USCG website confirmed that the Unified command had determined there was no existing threat to Port of Charleston:

The unified command determined there is no existing threat to the Port of Charleston at approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

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.

An 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 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 has been detained by authorities for further questioning.

For updates, follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, thanked officials for hard work in announcing that the terminal would be open for business this morning:

Lt. Ryan Kelly with the USCG told FOX that the threat originated from a YouTube account and the Coast Guard acted on it. Kelly didn't share details on what the video contained, however, and could not confirm if the person who is contained is also the originator of the YouTube account.

Maersk Line released the following statement regarding the incident:

Local news outlets in Charleston, South Carolina were reporting last night (Wednesday, June 14) that the Maersk Memphis and the Port of Charleston were evacuated due to a bomb threat claiming that a container from the Maersk Memphis contained an explosive device. Multiple law enforcement agencies investigated this threat, and the US Coast Guard (USCG) has stated this morning that, at this time, the bomb threat appears to be a false alarm and the port has reopened.  The “original source” who called in the bomb threat has been detained for questioning by the USCG. MLL remains in close communication with law enforcement authorities on this matter.

Wando Terminal released the following statement following the incident:

Today the Port is operating as usual with minimal impacts to our operations from last night's incident. Only one shift was missed, and that work is expected to be made up today with the support of the ILA 1422 and 1771, stevedores, maritime community and SCPA operations team.

The Port is grateful to the local, state and federal agencies who responded to the incident at our Wando Terminal last night: Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Mount Pleasant Police and Fire departments, Charleston County EMS, National Guard Civil Support Team Unit 43, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

This is a joint investigation with the Coast Guard, FBI and local authorities at this time.

You can follow the latest updates from USCG Southeast, here.

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