MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Wando terminal at the Port of Charleston in the US state of South Carolina was evacuated over the report of a "potential threat" in a container of one of the vessels moored there, the US Coast Guard of the 7th District Southeast said 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. 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," the Coast Guard said in a bulletin.
The USCG Southeast said about two hours later on its Twitter that the investigation was ongoing.
#Update A 1 NM safety zone has been established around the vessel while law enforcement authorities investigate the threat.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) 15 июня 2017 г.
So-called dirty bombs add radiation to the standard explosives.
According to FleetMon tracking website, the ship's latest port of call before Charleston was Newark.