- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

A Department of Energy facility in South Carolina experienced a “potential security event” and a “lockdown” at a radioactive-uranium site, caused by indications of bomb residue inside a truck.

The Savannah River Site in Aiken was allowing nobody into the site and had set up barricades for a couple of hours Monday, according to a report in the Aiken Standard.

The Standard and the Augusta Chronicle both reported that a bomb-sniffing dog and an electronic scan found residue on a vendor-delivery vehicle.

Just after 6 p.m., the Standard reported that the lockdown had been lifted and that there was no sign of any active or threatening bomb.

Local sheriffs departments in both South Carolina and Georgia were called in to assist the site’s private-security firm in dealing with the potential-bomb response.



The potential security event occurred in the H Area, which hosts the “only hardened chemical separations facility still operating in the U.S.,” part of the mission of which, according to the Standard is “to dissolve, purify and blend-down surplus highly enriched uranium” from the U.S. and abroad. The H Area facility also performs a similar task on plutonium.

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