FBI, Coast Guard And Hazmat Teams Deployed In Search For Radioactive “Dirty Bomb” On Ship Docked At Port Of Charleston

by | Jun 15, 2017 | Headline News | 30 comments

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    Emergency service units responded to the threat of a radioactive dirty bomb in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.

    The U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau Of Investigation, local police and Hazardous Materials teams are reportedly searching for an explosive device possibly containing radioactive material that may have been smuggled onto the Maersk Memphis, a container ship currently moored at Charleston’s Wando terminal.

    Officials with the Coast Guard say federal and state authorities are continuing to investigate a potential threat which was reported at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night.

    Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a “dirty bomb” aboard a vessel.

    A dirty bomb is composed of conventional explosives and radioactive material.

    According to emergency officials, no radiation has been found at this time.

    A report by the Coast Guard states that at 8 p.m. authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis.

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    Official GPS tracking data for the vessel confirms the Maersk Memphis is currently docked just miles outside of downtown Charleston.


    Though no additional information about the dirty bomb has been made available by officials at this time, such a device detonated in a high population density area like Charleston could spew a deadly radioactive substance into the air, potentially leading to thousands of deaths and significant environmental damage to the fall out area.

    In 2015 the Federal government in conjunction with the U.S. military, State and local authorities conducted a variety of emergency drills including Operation Northern Exposure, which was designed to simulate a dirty bomb disaster and its immediate aftermath.

    In 2016 the Obama administration highlighted a dirty bomb as the most likely nuclear or radiological terrorist threat faced by the United States.

    In the event of such an emergency residents would likely be urged to immediately evacuate the area. But officials acknowledge that the issuance of such an order would lead to massive traffic delays across affected areas, potentially stranding thousands of people in the open as radioactive fallout spread through the air.

    Emergency officials have suggested that thyroid blocking anti-radiation pills be used as a last resort in the event of radiological exposure to substances such as those that may be emitted from a dirty bomb. Life saving respiratory devices like gas masks rated for CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) disasters are also suggested as a means of protection from fallout during evacuations.


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      1. The last 24 hours have been insane.

        Seriously, WTF?!

        • When the hyenas smell blood and see that you are moving slowly, it doesn’t matter that you are a lion, you are only seen as the next meal. That is the state of our country, our divisiveness has made us appear weak and so now the weaker animals are seeing us as prey.

          If you want to make a difference, hug the next liberal you see, tell them that you respect their American rights, and direct their misguided anger toward our external enemies which pose an equal or greater threat when compared to the high-level liberal agenda.

        • what if there’s no bomb, and the person that “reported it” just wanted to disrupt the unloading of goods in the harbor…..what if it happened at a MAJOR port in america? could they actually crash the system? this warrants further examination by the authorities. this just smells to ME of someone wanting to disrupt our way of life. talk about soaking up resources! that would be VERY expensive, and could cost VERY BIG money, if it sounded like a valid threat.

          • Charleston IS a major port, the second-busiest on the East Coast, so you are right. It would be highly disruptive to every major industry both in the Southeast and overseas. BMW, Mercedes and Boeing are focused on the Charleston import/export facilities. I would suspect a “false flag” to test security arrangements at this facility.

        • The Memphis Maersk is used by the Awan brothers who are part of the ISI in Pakistan. The Awan brothers are also part of a congressional spy ring that George Webb and Jason Goodman are trying to expose. They were supposedly fired by the Capital Police however, one of the Awans is still working under Debbie Wasserman- Shulz. The Memphis Maersk could be used for a terrorist attack due to their shipping routes in via Pakistan and Mombai and the Muslim Brotherhood.

      2. Louisiana is a target of the wealthy elite who want it for rebuilding into a beautiful area. I don’t know anything about this dirty bomb but it certainly plays into the plans of the elites to clear out the poor people of Louisiana.


        • Im not surprised if there is more blowback and attacks. When the hijacked US Foreign policy is all about Nation destroying so the Gews can profit. The US is just a tool by the NWO to destroy cultures and people. Conquer and divide, destroy and enslave. Wake up America we are screwed until we exterminate the chaos makers. Expect more of the same.

        • Charleston is in South Carolina, not Louisiana.

        • I live in Louisiana, and i can tell you the wealthy is not comming here. Hot dry summers with intense humidty, i dont think so.

          • Mike:

            What I heard was a new Los Vegas with huge air conditioned buildings, gambling, hotels, entertainment, swimming pools. I don’t know if it is true. But this rumor is going around. Vegas is a desert. So, your hot humid summers would not make any difference.


        • Isn’t this South Carolina the article is referring to?

          • Yes, a lot of the folks who post here are not too bright, e.g. not knowing in which state Charleston is located (hint: the article tells you). Then there’s Mike above who describes Louisiana summers which are both dry and have intense humidity at the same time. Welcome to Zero Hedge for Dummies.

      3. Interesting that Charleston South Carolina is in the news again and again the subject of a nuclear threat.

      4. Talk about “predictive programming”! On MARCH 20, 1983 a made for TV movie aired, entitled “Special Bulletin”. It’s about a terrorist group which has put a homemade nuclear bomb on a tugboat in Charleston, SC harbor. You can look it up on Wikipedia or Amazon.

      5. Latest report: No dirty bomb and the person reporting it is being questioned. Terminals have been reopened.

      6. More signs the Economic Crash is already here.

        **Illinois is BANKRUPT!! Flat Broke and OUT of Other People’s MONEY. The State of IL sends a Letter to Road construction Companies to Halt ALL Road Construction July 1st. IL Is Flat Broke and in the arrears $14.3 Billion.

        As Illinois’ bond rating careens towards junk, Illinois Unpaid Bills Jumped to $14.3 Billion. Today, the state told contractors to halt roadwork other that required for safety. Link: ht tps://mishtalk.com/2017/06/14/unable-to-pay-bills-illinois-sends-dear-contractor-letter-telling-firms-to-halt-road-work-on-july-1/

        Chicago just raised Property taxes by 10%+ more. lol There is a negative Growth pattern in Chicago as more people are moving out of Chicago, than moving in.

        Last idiot to leave in Chicago, there are no lights to turn off, you already have been disconnected.

        **RETAIL SALES CRUSHED: Retail Sales Dive (And It’s Not Just Autos)
        06-14-2017 • mishtalk.com by Mish

        Billionaires are stockpiling land that could be used in the apocalypse — here’s where they’
        06-14-2017 • businessinsider.com by Melia Robinson
        Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn and a notable investor, told The New Yorker earlier this year he estimated that more than 50% of Silicon Valley billionaires had bought some level of “apocalypse insurance,” like an underground bunker.

        A new article in Forbes suggests the superrich are making significant land grabs in America’s heartland, where the climate is mild and the locations are conducive to survivalism, farming, and living on the land. States like Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming are home to several fortified shelters and vacation homes where wealthy billionaires could happily live out their post-doomsday (or retirement) days.

        ***I hope all of you Preppers are working your Plan and are already out of the Cities, and into the Country, setting up your fully self sustained BOL Homestead all OFF THE GRID. Solar, Water Well and Septic are the main infrastructure projects besides your Shelter and a big shed for tools and an out building for Farm animals.

        • We are on a summer vacation and just spent 10 day in and around central Illinois.

          There was plenty of road work goin on where ever we went. If all that mess came to a sudden stop is would be disagreeable traveling in said state.

          We’re in Iowa now. Just as much road work here as in IL.
          Ft. Dodge city streets in repair/resurface mode.

          Though I always hear how the USA infrastructure in bad shape… Every where we been between TN and Iowa has been under repair. There seems to be $s for it. It is going on.

      7. Sooner or later, another 9/11 False Flag will happen on US soil, and the MSM will be reporting within an hour with pics and bios of the crew, who will be shown to be from Iran, Syria and Palestine and off we go again, killing more in our endless Wars for Wall Street and Israel.

        • I hope I’m wrong but I’m predicting a series of false flags now.

      8. Screw Illionois..let China have that one too. The dems know how to mess up a city or state and there are a lot of examples of it all over the map. The voters will get it sooner or later.

        • hey jim dont forget our so-called illustrious governor mouthing off yesterday after the assassination attempt on our congressmen.He is a big liberal. Since northern VA and tidewater are made up of transplanted liberals i dont think our state will ever be a red state again. They are like the aliens in the movie INDEPENDENCE DAY.They come in and take and change everything until they decide there is nothing left then move on to new local to ruin them.You think that they would learn but they probably never will they live to ruin

      9. In a neighborhood where a dirty bomb has been detonated, the homeowners are going to want to move. Even if the homes are structurally sound, no one will want to live there. Property values collapse and the homeowner’s insurance will probably fight paying.

      10. There is a rightful, Constitutional place for gov’t in terms of national defense, so hopefully they track this down and soon. I get potassium iodide at KI4U.com – it is cheap, and these guys are a good group IMHO.

      11. Why is it that the targeted city of Charleston ALWAYS end up being the one named for nuking by the media? Remember the stolen nukes that Obama tried to get handed off and one was recovered after HIGHLY IRREGULAR and suspect handling from Barksdale AFB, then the subsequent “suicides and motor vehicle accidents” of all the personnel (including the Air Force LTC who allegedly Okayed the transfer) later learned to be involved in the violations of nuclear surety program handling of the weapons.

        5 FLEW OUT of Barksdale, without proper papers (Hmm how did DoD screw that up? They didn’t, but they covered it up as best they could), 3 arrived and were accounted for and secured, one recovered after the fact with NO details except that leakers reported that a mutiny personnel took it BACK from the TPTB personnel, but ONE weapon successfully disappeared. Remember back when McStain and Graham were warning ahead of time that Charleston would be nuked,…then mysteriously a nuke detonation (covered up later as a “seismic event”) happened about 300 miles offshore from Charleston (it was a sub that mysteriously disappeared, for those who don’t know, yeah yeah..disappeared is right, vaporized is accurate. Seismic event..you bet it was! Then the alleged mole digging nuke story about the Russians, all along the US east coast…(complete and utter BULLSHIT, that story).

        A nuke false flag is GOING to happen, folks, they just haven settled on how the story is going to played and who the perp will be (NK or Russia or both…Take it to the bank bets). Charleston fits, it will be big enough and important enough to cause the needed fear factor and emotional response, but in reality, losing one port is nothing to the USA, and all downwind contamination areas are away from actual people and infrastructure.. The strategy of using Charleston is for the most bang and MINIMAL INTERRUPTION OF EAST COAST BUSINESS!!!

      12. I’m a nuclear engineer by training and I worked for a private contractor back in the 90s. One of the jobs we did was to make an evaluation of the effectiveness of “dirty bombs” or radiologically enhanced explosive devices.

        Bottom line is they pose very little threat to public health. There are many practical reasons for that. However, they are an excellent terror weapon.

        Imagine hearing on the news “It has been confirmed that the explosion at the corner of 2nd and Main this morning did have radioactive materials (RAM) present. Expert teams with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are assessing the extent of the resulting contamination.

        People would be asking “Is it safe to go outside, should I keep my kids home from school, is our water safe, and so on. These are natural questions people would ask.

        I have worked on (responded to) several large contamination events like a truck fire carrying RAM and a university lab where RAM was dispersed via a ventilation system. It takes quite some time to make a survey (assessment) in these situations.

        Equipment has to be brought in. This includes Anti-C(contamination) protective gear, respirators, alpha scintillators, gas flow detectors, multichannel analyzers, Geiger counters, ion chambers, and other stuff.

        The truck fire, along side of a highway, took us almost a week to complete our survey. Tritium (H-3) was present and we didn’t have a portable LSC – liquid scintillation counter – which is the only was to detect tritium. So we had to drive 40 miles to the nearest LSC located at a university to count our samples.

        If a dirty bomb were to be detonated in a large city the disruption and public concern would be enormous. I’m surprised no one has tried one so far.

        One of the conclusions in our report was that RAM doesn’t have to be present in the explosion. If the authorities and public BELIEVES RAM was present then terrorists get the results they want – widespread fear and disorder.

      13. 39 Members of MS-13 Are Arrested, Authorities Say

        “Thirty-nine members of MS-13, a brutal gang with roots in Central America, were arrested by the immigration authorities in New York in the past month, officials said on Wednesday.”

        “There are just too many MS-13 members…”

        “Nothing’s going to change…”


        Obama programs that brought HUGE numbers of these criminal youth from Central America into the U.S.

        Report: Previously Deported CRIMINAL Immigrants FLOWN BACK into USA – paid for by Taxpayer Money (4/7/15)

        “In 2014, unaccompanied alien children from Central America walked across America’s southern border in droves. The U.S. government (translate U.S. taxpayers) now PAY for unaccompanied alien “youth” to be FLOWN INTO the country, even if they were convicted of a FELONY, and furnish them with federal benefits to boot.”

        “It’s called the In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Central American Minors, and the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security introduced it on November 14, 2014.”

        Obama administration EXPANDS Central American Minor PAROLE Program – 7/27/16

      14. My Nephew is in the Coast Guard and has told me this was a hoax. calm down people.

      15. Turns out that it was a fraud and had its origin in a claim by some YouTube conspiracy nut.

        I understand he may be facing some serious legal trouble over it.

      16. This is what Fed’s are not saying and you should worry about now.

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        Good Day! This is “Your Radiation This Week ” for the Radiation High readings for the year 2007. These are the recorded Total Gamma Radiation and Beta Radiation Highs that affected people around the States.


      17. Non-violence is the only way forward… for all of us!

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