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Worker At Nuclear Plant With Pipe Bomb

From a curiously unconcerned Associated Press:

Water vapors rise into the air from some of the nine cooling towers at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

Nuclear plant locked down after worker tries to enter with bomb

Arizona – AP, November 2, 2007 – Security officials at the nation’s largest nuclear power plant detained a contract worker with a small explosive device in the back of his pickup truck Friday, authorities said.

Authorities said it didn’t appear to be an act of terrorism.

The worker was stopped and detained at the entrance of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, about a half mile from the containment domes where the plant’s nuclear material is stored, plant spokesman Jim McDonald said. Security officials then put the nuclear station on lockdown, prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving the facility.

Authorities described the device as a small capped pipe that contained suspicious residue.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Chagolla said the pipe was not hidden in the truck.

There’s no information to indicate that there’s domestic terrorism at hand,” Chagolla said.

In Washington, the Department of Homeland Security also said there was no known terrorism link, and that the FBI and local law enforcement were leading the investigation.

Sheriff’s officials rendered the device safe and investigators were interviewing the man, who was originally from South Carolina, Chagolla said.

“Our security personnel acted cautiously and appropriately, demonstrating that our security process and procedures work as designed,” Randy Edington, the chief nuclear officer for plant operator Arizona Public Service Co., said in a news release.

The detention was considered an “unusual event” – the lowest of four emergencies the plant can declare, said Jim Melfi, an inspector with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

There was no threat to the public and the station was operating normally, McDonald said…

Thank goodness the AP assured us it wasn’t terrorism in the second sentence.

I was worried for a minute.

Surely it is just another case of some innocent youth making his own fireworks.

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