Person in custody after report of explosives on Norfolk-based container ship

Credit: Sofia Arazoza/WCBD 2 in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WAVY) — The US Coast Guard says the person who reported about possible explosives on-board the Norfolk-based Maersk Memphis is in custody.

The Coast Guard Sector Charleston commander Capt. Greg Stump says employees were evacuated.  He also says a YouTube conspiracy theorist reported the threat.

Last night, Coast Guard crews say they got a call about several containers on the ship that could be carrying explosives.  Crews immediately closed the port and searched the ship.

After several hours of searching, which included scanning the containers, authorities say they did not find anything.

The ship had recently been in port in Oman in the Middle East. It is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Hampton Roads later this month.