FBI involved after bomb threat at Myrtle Beach restaurant hosting drag brunch

Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 1:13 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 6:34 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Federal authorities are now involved in the investigation into a bomb threat called at a Myrtle Beach restaurant.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department said officers responded to the Mr. Fish location on the 6400 block of North Kings Highway on Sunday after reports of the threat.

“Right now a lot of people are angry,” said a performer, who did not want to be identified and was at the event “As much as I want to be strong about it and not let hate win, it kind of wants me to rethink a little bit. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. A lot of raw emotions right now.”

After evacuating the restaurant to search for explosives or any other threats, nothing was found. According to the founder of Grand Strand Pride, Terry Livingston, said the community is still in shock over what happened because they had a similar incident, 5 years ago.

“Is just really sad for me and breaks my heart that people are targeting businesses in the area,” said Livingston.

The MBPD said an investigation is now underway to find the source of the hoax, with the FBI now involved.

WMBF News has reached out to the FBI for comment.

Meanwhile, a Facebook post from Mr. Fish shows that it was hosting a “Drag Me to Brunch” event early Sunday afternoon. It’s unclear if the threat was directly related to the event.

Livingston says they’re working to create a new law to reduce hate crimes in the state so everyone in the community can feel safe.

“South Carolina is one of two states that does not have a hate crime law. It is way pass time for us to pass that law with different sentences for targeting different individuals,” said Livingston.

WMBF News reached out to the owners of Mr. Fish restaurant, they said for the time being there will be no drag queen shows.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382 and reference report number 22-023437.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.