Sunday, April 21, 2013

Security guard exchanges gunfire outside Watts Bar nuclear power plant

A security officer patrolling the area outside the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Spring City exchanged gunfire with an individual early this morning, according to a release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The incident occurred more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area near the Tennessee River just before 2 a.m. Sunday.

The plant is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which notified the NRC of the incident. As a result, the Watts Bar plant staff declared an unusual event, the lowest of the NRC’s four emergency classifications.