SBPD: Suspicious container actually held tea

Horry County Bomb Squad robot approaches suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Horry County Bomb Squad robot approaches suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Surfside Beach Fire Department responds to suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Surfside Beach Fire Department responds to suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Horry County Police and SLED on scene of suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Horry County Police and SLED on scene of suspicious container (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) After an investigation into a suspicious container holding an unknown liquid in a residential area of Surfside Beach, officials have determined the container actually held Arizona Tea.

Capt. Mike Frederick, spokesman for the Surfside Beach Police Department, said just before 11 a.m. that testing of the container along Poplar Drive just off of 5th Avenue proved it was not hazardous.

The Horry County Police Department as well as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was assisting Surfside Beach Police to determine the contents of a suspicious container in the roadway.

Officers on scene said the container was reported by a resident in the area, and police took extra precaution, because a resident of the neighborhood reported receiving a threat Wednesday night.

Frederick told WMBF News that the resident actually came across a chain email referencing a bomb or threat.

The Horry County Bomb Squad used a robot to approach the container and shot a projectile into it, releasing the liquids inside. That liquid was then tested by authorities.

The container appeared to be clear with an orange cap. Witnesses say when the container was shot with the projectile there was little reaction beyond the liquid bursting from the object.

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