Dirty Bomb Threat Hits U.S. Port

Jun 16, 2017

A major concern over the past few years for Homeland Security officials is the ue of a ‘dirty bomb” in the United States. A dirty bomb is not technically a nuclear bomb but uses conventional explosives to spread radioactive waste debris over a large area when detonated. The result would be major contamination and many deaths.

Now, there has been an incident mostly ignored by the media that involves a dirty bomb scare at the port of Charleston, South Carolina. Coast Guard officials have confirmed that a terminal in the port was evacuated and the port effectively shut down for hours after a bomb was reported to be on a ship that had just entered the port. No bomb was found, but it is a lesson that shows that even the threat can cause a major disruption of commerce.