MCSO: No bomb found at nuclear power plantPosted: Updated:
WINTERSBURG, Ariz. -- Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have given the all-clear after responding to a bomb threat at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix.
The large administration building was evacuated and sheriff's deputies responded after a threat was called into the power plant around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff's office had about 15 units on scene.
"We have to go through it with a fine-tooth comb. Anything like this, whether it be at Palo Verde or whether it be, you know, an abandoned building somewhere, we take it as a serious threat and we need to find out if there is a truly a device there," said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Brandon Jones.
APS said the plant would not have been in danger if an explosive device was present because the area in question was outside the secured areas of the facility.
APS also said the threat did not affect operations.
Deputies completed the search for a possible bomb in admin building @ Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. No item was found, all clear given.— Lt. Brandon Jones (@LtJonesMCSO) September 25, 2014
Palo verde security is classifying this as not a creditable threat, meaning if a device we're present, it would not pose harm to the plant— Lt. Brandon Jones (@LtJonesMCSO) September 25, 2014
Building is on outer perimeter of plant, away from nuclear containment area.— Lt. Brandon Jones (@LtJonesMCSO) September 25, 2014
Update, Sheriffs EOD, deputies, and K-9 units are searching an admin building at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant after receipt of bomb threat— Lt. Brandon Jones (@LtJonesMCSO) September 25, 2014
Sheriffs deputies are working reports of a bomb threat near the Palo Verde Plant. No device has been located.— Lt. Brandon Jones (@LtJonesMCSO) September 25, 2014