- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A “suspicious item” prompted an emergency response at one of the Department of Energy’s major nuclear-weapons sites.

The Augusta Chronicle reported that the device was determined to be non-threatening and operations returned to normal just before 5 p.m.

DOE treated the device found in the A Area of the Savannah River Site facility in Aiken County, South Carolina, as potentially an explosive device, a spokesman told the State newspaper in Columbia.

“it is a suspicious item. We are treating it as if it could potentially be an explosive device,” spokesman Jim Giusti told the State.

“We’ve declared a security alert and we’re going through our procedures to do what is right,” he added.

There was no impact anywhere outside the 310-square-mile complex that refines and disposes of materials used to build nuclear weapons. According to the State, the building in which the device was found is not used for dangerous nuclear processes.

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