A South Carolina port terminal was briefly evacuated because of a “potential threat” in a container ship, then reopened early Thursday after authorities scanned it and cleared it. Authorities got a warning Wednesday, June 15, 2017 night of a threat in a container on a ship at the Port of Charleston, the Coast Guard said.

A South Carolina port terminal was briefly evacuated because of a “potential threat” in a container ship, then reopened early Thursday after authorities scanned it and cleared it.

Authorities got a warning Wednesday night of a threat in a container on a ship at the Port of Charleston, the Coast Guard said.

The ship, Maersk Memphis, was at the Wando terminal, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The terminal, which is used for container cargo, was evacuated to allow federal, state and local bomb detection units to conduct investigations. Authorities did not detail the nature of the threat.

When the threat was ongoing, the Coast Guard tweeted that a “safety zone has been established around the vessel” as multiple agencies investigate. Several hours later, it gave the all-clear.

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SOURCE: CNN, Faith Karimi and Dave Alsup

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