Well not quite.
Myrtle Beach Online
What turned out to be a weather device caused a temporary bomb scare at a Myrtle Beach pier this morning.
Myrtle Beach police closed a 600-yard radius of the beach at Pier 14 after someone walking on the beach reported seeing a metal box strapped to a pilon under the pier at 14th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said.
Horry County's bomb squad blew the top off the box to reveal its contents: a device from the U.S. Geological Service that measures wave height and frequency, and storm surge.
Dozens of onlookers gathered along the beach to watch the scene unfold.
A worker said the Pier 14 restaurant was evacuated temporarily, but the business was open again by lunchtime.
Opps. I guess the USGS should have informed someone about the device.