Published November 17, 2014
Authorities are investigating a suspicious package found at a nuclear power plant west of Phoenix.
Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Brian Lee says security officers at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station called them at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after they found the suspicious package. A second call initially led to confusion that a second device may have been found, but that was quickly discounted.
Lee says a sheriff's bomb squad is investigating.
A spokesman for plant operator Arizona Public Service Co. says security guards found the suspicious package during a search of a vehicle at a checkpoint about a mile from the plant.
The plant is operating normally, but traffic in and out is stopped.
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WINTERSBURG, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a suspicious device and package found at a nuclear power plant west of Phoenix.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says security officers at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station called them at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after they found the suspicious device. About 30 minutes later, deputies got a second call about a suspicious package found at the plant.
A sheriff's spokesman says the area where the items were found has been evacuated and a sheriff's bomb squad is investigating.
The triple-reactor plant 50 miles west of Phoenix is the nation's largest nuclear power facility.
Calls seeking additional information were not immediately returned.