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Police investigate after reports of a bomb threat near Coastal Carolina University's campus Aug. 31, 2021. Photo by Ian Livingston Brooking

Horry County police responded to a bomb threat at a gas station near Coastal Carolina University Tuesday morning, causing evacuations from university housing.

Students may now resume normal activities after evacuations and a shelter in place alert from campus officials. Police began clearing the scene about 9 a.m.

An initial call of a bomb threat came from the Circle K near campus, said Horry County spokesperson Kelly Moore. The threat was specific to the gas station, she said.

As of 8:50 a.m., officials said traffic would be back to normal within 30 minutes.

CCU sent out an alert to students and faculty just before 7:15 a.m. Tuesday asking them to avoid the area of Founders Drive and S.C. Highway 544.

The university asked students at The Pier, Coastal Club, Current, Patriots Hollow and The Wren as well as students living in off-campus housing on S.C. 544 to shelter in place until further notice.

The area between S.C. Highway 544 and U.S. 501 Business to Myrtle Ridge Drive was closed to traffic. Police said that motorists should avoid the area and plan another route.

CCU Provost Dan Ennis said lateness will be excused for students who have classes that begin between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

Conway Police spokesperson June Wood said that Conway Police is assisting on the call.

Officials have not released any information about a suspect.

Check back for updates.

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