MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Coast Guard officials confirm the Wando Welch terminal of the Port of Charleston has been evacuated, and part of the Cooper River has been shut down because of a threat.
Capt. Greg Stump, commander for Coast Guard Sector Charleston, says local, state and federal authorities are all on scene investigating the threat, and employees have been evacuated.
According to Capt. Stump, a YouTube “conspiracy theorist” has made a claim about a threat aboard a ship in the port, and authorities are investigating out of an abundance of caution.
Stump says the threat is more to the vessel itself than to public safety.
A source tells ABC News 4 port officials informed employees the evacuation was due to a bomb threat.
According to our source, the reported bomb is aboard the Maersk Memphis, which docked around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Online shipping records show the Maersk Memphis arrived at the Port of Charleston from New York shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
This is a developing story and will be updated.