BEAUFORT — Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the beach at Hunting Island State Park in response to an unspecified threat of Memorial Day violence that surfaced on social media, authorities said.

“Investigators are reviewing the matter and have been unable to substantiate the threat,” read a May 31 written statement from the sheriff’s office. “Deputies have been and will continue to be on patrol on Hunting Island Beach.”

Officials released the statement after 1 p.m., but said there did not appear to be a threat to public safety.

Sheriff officials did not disclose the nature of the threat or on which social media platform it circulated.

Authorities have asked people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious or have information about the threat. Callers with information can also contact Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 if they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible reward.

Hunting Island is South Carolina’s most popular state park, attracting over a million visitors a year, as well as a huge array of land and sea animals. The park includes five miles of beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, and a saltwater lagoon and ocean entrance.

Reach Glenn Smith at 843-937-5556. Follow him on Twitter @glennsmith5.


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