A person is at massive after he drove his automotive by way of the gate of a South Carolina nuclear plant and tried to hit safety officers

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Police are looking for a person who drove his automotive by way of the gate of a nuclear energy plant in Oconee County, South Carolina, and allegedly tried to hit safety officers on the facility Thursday night, based on authorities.

Police had been dispatched to the Oconee Nuclear Plant shortly after 8 p.m. after receiving reviews {that a} man drove his silver Toyota Camry by way of the exit facet of the power’s gate, which faces the state freeway.

The nuclear plant, owned and operated by Duke Power, is situated on Lake Keowee and has three nuclear reactors. It’s protected 24/7 by armed safety guards, entry management units, intrusion detection, and surveillance tools. Authorities mentioned the plant was working safely and nobody was injured.

“A car entered by way of the executive gate, however was unable to entry the plant as a result of our a number of layers of safety,” Duke Power spokeswoman Michaela Kreuzberger mentioned. “Superior surveillance tools and bodily intrusion limitations consisting of concrete constructions and razor wire encompass the positioning.”

Safety on the plant was activated when the car crashed into the power’s pop-up limitations. The driving force put the car in reverse and drove onto a mud street, the place Duke Power safety blocked the car from getting into, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned. The suspect drove his automotive by way of a fence after attempting to run over safety officers and a safety truck with a guard inside, then exited the manufacturing unit again onto the close by freeway.

“After returning to Freeway 183, the driving force drove into Pickens County and stopped at some property on Jones Mill Street, the place the capturing occurred,” an announcement from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned. “Right now, the supply of the photographs fired within the Jones Mill Street space is unknown.”

Police mentioned they’re within the early levels of the investigation. They’re on the lookout for a white suspect driving a silver 2002 Toyota Camry with the tag Arkansas 380VDR.

The identical automotive and driver additionally confirmed up on the nuclear plant property an hour earlier than the accident, however drove off after they had been requested to go away, police mentioned.

South Carolina has 4 nuclear energy crops, and generates 50% of its electrical energy from nuclear energy.

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