'Credible bomb threat' at Trident Technical's main campus (Update: Details)

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(Updates at the bottom.)

Trident Technical College sent out an emergency alert to all staff and students on Monday afternoon stating that a "credible bomb threat" had been received in the student center building of the River Avenue campus in North Charleston.

The Post and Courier reports that a college employee received a bomb threat via email which stated that a bomb would be found on campus inside of a yellow plastic bag. Low and behold, a suspicious yellow plastic bag was in fact located outside of building 410. Everyone on campus was instructed to evacuate the premises as the North Charleston Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and local police investigated the situation.

A few hours after the initial emergency alert was sent, a follow-up message stated that:

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit rendered the suspicious item safe and a joint investigation between the TTC Department of Public Safety and Charleston County Sheriff's Office is on-going. In order for Public Safety to complete their initial investigation, the Main Campus is closed to everyone until noon on Tuesday, December 18.

As more details become available on the case, we'll be sure to update this post.

Update December 30: The Post and Courier has followed up with a copy of the e-mail that lodged the threat and more background on the suspect.

Update January 26: ABC News 4 notes that after a month suspect William Gregory McGrath has been released from jail.

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