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Police: Discarded liposuction machine prompted weekend Ravenel Bridge shutdown

A suspicious package spotted near the first pillar of the Ravenel Bridge Saturday morning...
A suspicious package spotted near the first pillar of the Ravenel Bridge Saturday morning prompted police to shut down the bridge and Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.(Live 5)
Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 2:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Police released new information on the suspicious package that shut down the Ravenel Bridge and the nearby Waterfront Park late Saturday morning.

Inspector Don Calabrese said the package was a liposuction machine. A witness called police after spotting it “tucked close to the first pillar where the bridge meets the Mount Pleasant side,” an incident report states.

“It appears that it was thrown away and made its way there,” he said.

Police responded to a call for a suspicious item under the bridge at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Calabrese said. As a precaution, the bridge was closed in both directions. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park was also evacuated and closed, he said.

The witness showed police a photo of the item, which looked like “a briefcase on wheels” and said it had “a fan and red and green buttons on top of it.”

The Charleston Police Bomb Squad investigated the item and deemed it to be safe.

The bridge opened up two-and-a-half hours later at approximately 1:56 p.m. Waterfront Park reopened at 2:33 p.m., Calabrese said.

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