UPDATED ON 6: “All Clear” Notice Given After SRS Lock Down

Photo of a gate at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken County, where an emergency was reported Monday, August 17, 2015. (Credit: Margaret-Ann Carter)
Photo of a gate at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken County, where an emergency was reported Monday, August 17, 2015. (Credit: Margaret-Ann Carter)

***UPDATED at 5:57 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – We have an update to the lock down at the Savannah River Site.

SRS officials are now saying no explosive residue was found on a vendor’s truck at the facility:

“An offsite law enforcement investigation has found no explosive residue or device on the truck that was inspected this afternoon at the Savannah River Site. An all clear was given and the site returned to normal activities at 5:52 p.m.”


***UPDATED at 5:48 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – We have an update to the lock down at the Savannah River Site.

We have now learned that some vehicles are now being allowed into the facility.

We will continue to follow this story and provide more details as they become available.


***UPDATED at 5:20 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – We have the latest information on a situation at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County that caused the facility to be locked down Monday afternoon.

Our Margaret-Ann Carter is near one of the facility’s gates and she tells us that barricades are up at the gate and no one is being let onto the facility.

Officials at the facility tell us there has been a possible security breach.

They’ve let several vehicles out of the gate, but all incoming traffic has been blocked off.

Trucks are lined up at the gate and some have even been turned around.

The emergency lock down was issued after a K9 alerted to possible explosive residue on a delivery truck. South Carolina and Georgia law enforcement are on the site now.

The incident happened in the site’s H Area and no one is being let into the nuclear facility. As a precaution, bomb detection units were called in to access the situation.

The company is calling the incident a “a potential security event that triggered emergency response”.

The site will remain on lock down until officials believe the area is clear. They don’t believe it to be dangerous, but they say they want to take extra precaution.

We are continuing to follow this story and will keep you updated with the latest information as it comes in.


***UPDATED at 5:04 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – We have received more information on a Monday afternoon situation at the Savannah River Site (SRS) that caused a lock down of the facility.

Read the statement from the facility below:

“This is an update to the emergency declaration at the Savannah River Site.

The event was declared after electronic and canine scans of a vendor delivery truck indicated a possibility of explosive residue on the truck. Law enforcement agencies from South Carolina and Georgia were called and are on the scene to assist Centerra, the site security contractor.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

We have checked with Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Georgia. That facility has not been affected by this situation.


***UPDATED at 4:29 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – We are covering breaking news out of Aiken County.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility, the Savannah River Site (SRS), located in Aiken County, is closed down. No employees are being allowed to enter or exit the facility. There are some cars leaving the gates, as seen from video shot by our crew near the facility, but we do not know if those cars are carrying employees, or not.

Our Margaret-Ann Carter arrived about 4:00 p.m. to an area near one of the facility’s gates after we learned of an emergency situation at the facility.

She tells that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the company that manages the site for the DOE, is calling the incident “a potential security event that triggered emergency response”.

There is limited information at this time, but officials are saying there is “no indication of a consequence beyond the Savannah River Site boundaries”.

We are continuing to follow this story and will keep you updated with the latest information as it comes in.


***POSTED at 3:44 P.M. on Monday, August 17th***

Aiken County, SC – WJBF News Channel 6 is covering breaking news out of the Savannah River Site (SRS).

We have learned that there has been an incident in the facility’s H Area and no one can enter or exit the nuclear facility.

Sources tell us at least one dog alerted on a vehicle at the facility. As a precaution, bomb detecting units were brought in to assess the situation.

The facility will remain on lock down until the situation is cleared by officials, who say they believe the area is safe, but are exercising an abundance of caution.

Read A Press Release From SRS on The Situation

Details are limited, at this time. We are working to find out more information and we will provide that information when it becomes available.

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