Since 9/11, Muslim supremacists have been trying to get a dirty bomb off in this country.
Maersk Line said the U.S. Coast Guard had informed it of a threat of a “dirty bomb” aboard one of its vessels at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.
Back in December 2016, it was reported: ISIS WARNING: Terror group ‘want radioactive material to make a nuclear dirty bomb’
TERROR groups including Islamic State are trying to get their hands on radioactive material to make a nuclear “dirty bomb”, former Defence Secretary Lord Browne. (The Express)
The dirty bomb threat: “In one investigation in Chisinau, Moldova, samples of uranium-235 and cesium-135 were seized by police when a smuggler offered an informant who was posing as a buyer for ISIS enough cesium to contaminate several city blocks—and all for $2.5 million. An in-depth investigation into dirty bombs by the Associated Press revealed four other attempts by criminal networks to traffic radioactive materials through Moldova.”
Coast Guard: Reported ‘dirty bomb’ threat at Wando terminal originated with YouTube video
Live Five News, June 15th 2017 (thanks to Todd):
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – Officials with the Coast Guard say they were alerted to what later proved to be an unfounded “dirty bomb” threat at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night from information in a YouTube video.
USCG Lt. Ryan Kelly confirmed the initial information about the possible threat came from a YouTube video, but said it is not yet clear how a person being questioned may be connected to the video itself. A tweet Thursday morning stated a person described as “the original source” was facing questions about the incident. No other details about the person, including age or gender, have been released.
Coast Guard officials confirmed Thursday morning via Twitter four containers had been scanned and cleared. Fourteen agents with radiation detection technology investigated these containers and found no signs of radiation, officials said.
The terminal will be reopened Thursday morning and a safety zone has been lifted.
Coast Guard officials say the FBI was called in to investigate a report of a “dirty bomb” aboard a vessel. A dirty bomb is composed of conventional explosives and radioactive material.
#update the original reporting source of the threat in port of Charleston has been detained by authorities for further questioning.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) June 15, 2017
The potential threat had been reported at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday involving a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis, according to a Coast Guard report.
“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 Coast Guard says a unified command was established to oversee the coordinated response. Agencies that responded include the Coast Guard, FBI, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Mount Pleasant Police, Mount Pleasant Fire, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Port Authority, National Guard, SLED as well as Hazmat and EMS crews.
Workers said they were told to leave the terminal around 9 p.m.
Boaters say they were also escorted off the water due to the situation.