Security Lockdown at Arizona Nuclear Facility
A contract worker at the nation’s largest nuclear plant has been detained:
PHOENIX – 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.
The worker was stopped and detained at the entrance of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, said U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks. 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.
Capt. Paul Chagolla with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said sheriff’s officials rendered the device safe and that investigators were interviewing the worker.
Should we be encouraged or discouraged by events of this sort? In the discouraging column put that the guy had a pipe bomb in the back of his pickup truck and he worked at a nuclear power plant. In the encouraging column put that the device was identified and the guy detained.