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Bomb threat reported at Port Royal grocery store. Here’s what we know

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A bomb threat called in to a northern Beaufort County grocery store on Friday was found to be a hoax, police said.

Police responded to Bi-Lo at 860 Parris Island Gateway after someone called threatening to blow up the store, Port Royal Police Maj. Ron Wekenmann said. Officers manned the store entrances waiting on a bomb-sniffing dog to to check the building, Wekenmann said.

Nothing was found after a sweep of the store and an all-clear was given and the store reopened before 3 p.m., he said.

Wekenmann said he believed the store had been evacuated while the threat was investigated.

Store employees received a call at about 1 p.m. from an unknown male saying there was a bomb in the building, a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office release said. Police and a Sheriff’s Office bomb team responded to check the building with the explosive-detecting K9.

The grocery store is in a shopping center in the town of Port Royal near Shell Point and not far from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. People were asked to avoid the area.

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