CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston police are investigating reports of a bomb threat at a West Ashley Goodwill. Officers shut down a major roadway in West Ashley for most of the day, reopening it shortly before 4 p.m.
Police said there was no sign of an explosive device at the store.
According to Charleston police spokesperson Charles Francis, a "male subject" called in the bomb threat to 3516 Shelby Ray Court just after 11 a.m.
Francis said the building was evacuated and is being searched.
Shelby Ray Court between Mary Ader and Goodwill Court was shut down to traffic. Glenn McConnell from Wildcat Boulevard to Bees Ferry Road is also shut down.
West Ashley High School spent most of the day on code yellow administrative lockdown as a precautionary measure.
A spokesperson said the lockdown was an administrative decision made in house and that they weren't required to or even asked to do it by law enforcement.
West Ashley High School officials said that the street closures will affect access the school and parents will be kept up to date via ParentLink communications. They will also post updates on social media as they become available.
Emergency management personnel said Wednesday afternoon that school buses were taking students off the campus and parents are being allowed to reach the school on Glenn McConnell from Magwood Drive. However, parents on the Bees Ferry end are not able to reach the school.
The school dismissed in stages, beginning with bus riders, in order to mitigate the confusion and congestion caused by the changes in traffic patterns, CCSD officials said.
Goodwill issued this statement on the incident:
"At approximately 11:08 a.m., the staff
at the Goodwill Store located on Glen McConnell Parkway received a call which
was a bomb threat. The Goodwill Management team acted quickly and immediately
evacuated the store and called 911 to report the threat. The Charleston Police
Department and Bomb Squad reacted quickly and closed off the surrounding areas
and searched the store and grounds. While the Police Department did not find
evidence of explosives, we are grateful to their prompt action and the added
measures taken to ensure the staff, donors and customers the facility were
safe. We are extremely pleased in how the Goodwill Management Staff followed
Goodwill procedures regarding bomb threats and the swift action taken to ensure
the safety of the customers, donors and staff. The Goodwill's Loss Prevention
Team will be working with the Charleston Police to provide any information that
may help in the investigation of this threat."