Crime & Public Safety

Bomb squad determines package not a threat at south end Hilton Head Post Office

Officials at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad have determined that the “suspicious package” reported earlier at the United States Post Office on the south end of Hilton Head Island Monday was cleared and safe, according to spokesperson Maj. Bob Bromage.

The package at the U.S. Post Office, located at 10 Bow Circle, was reported to police sometime before noon, according to the sheriff’s office news release.

Bromage said the package in question had rare coins inside.

A Hilton Head man received the package recently and brought it to the Post Office Monday morning, thinking it was suspicious, according to a news release.

He told employees that he suspected it may contain a bomb and then left the package inside the building, the release said.

“Post office employees took the package outside to the parking lot and notified the sheriff’s office,” the release said.

Officials don’t know yet if the man had ordered the rare coins or if he received them as a mistake.

The parking lot area of the Post Office, located off Palmetto Bay Road, was closed for a couple hours Monday while bomb squad officials examined the package, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

By 2 p.m., emergency officials had cleared the area.

At 1 p.m., about a half-dozen USPS workers stood across the street from the building, waiting to hear from officials. People trying to enter the Post Office were being redirected to the other post offices on the island because of a “security lockdown.”

Other businesses in the area appeared to be open and continuing operations as usual.

Last month, the Beaufort County bomb squad responded to the Bluffton Kroger parking lot in Belfair Plaza after a suspicious package was reported. Officials took an X-ray of the unattended briefcase and determined nothing was inside, hours after it was initially reported.

Mandy Matney is an award-winning journalist and self-proclaimed shark enthusiast from Kansas. She worked for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois before she realized Midwestern winters are horrible, then moved to Hilton Head in 2016. She is the breaking news editor at the Island Packet.
Lana Ferguson has reported on a smorgasbord of news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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