Two blocks of Azalea Drive in Garden City Beach were closed Thursday night while authorities examine a possibly explosive device, said Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Rescue Capt. Chuck Petrella.
Beachgoers found an device, which Petrella said appears to have been in the ocean for a while, and dropped it off at the fire station after 6 p.m. Thursday on Azalea Drive.
Firefighters immediately called the Horry County Bomb Squad. Petrella said Horry County’s bomb squad called in the Charleston Navy bomb squad.
The Charleston squad came and took the device, which was deemed a Naval squib - a marking flare, back to the base with them for disposal, Assistant Chief J.R. Haney said Friday morning. No one was hurt during the incident.
Azalea Drive between Waccamaw Drive and Dogwood Drive was closed during the incident.