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Charleston airport cleared after suspicious package prompts evacuation

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By Patrick Phillips | November 11, 2020 at 11:48 AM EST - Updated November 11 at 1:54 PM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials at the Charleston International Airport say they received word Wednesday afternoon that people could return to the airport after a suspicious forced an evacuation Wednesday morning.

Airport spokesman Spencer Pryor confirmed shortly before 2 p.m. that passengers received the all-clear to return to the airport.

Airport officials say TSA agents found a package that could be a threat at approximately 11:15 a.m.

The package did not contain an explosive device, Pryor said, but airport officials still have not provided details about exactly what the package contained.

Charleston International Airport CEO Elliott Summey said TSA agents thought the package could be "a potential threat” but did not elaborate.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad removed the package from the area, Summey said.

It’s not clear where the package was taken or whether it has been destroyed yet.

Shortly after the evacuation, FlightAware posted an alert stating that all incoming flights to the Charleston International Airport were being held at their point of origin until 2 p.m. “due to security.”

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority said Route 11 was detouring around the airport because the ongoing situation and standing down any extra time at the Tanger stop. From the layover, CARTA says instead of taking the right onto International Boulevard to service the airport, Route 11 drivers are taking a left and continuing on their normal route.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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