Explosives Found Outside Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant In Sweden
2012 06 22
By Michael Billera | IBTimes.com
Sweden heightened security at three nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives -- without triggering devices -- were found on a forklift near the country’s largest power station, police said.
A truck was stopped from entering the Ringhals nuclear power plant on Wednesday afternoon and searched. The explosive paste was discovered by bomb-sniffing dogs during a security check.
"The discovered object could not have induced a serious damage at Ringhals," the plant operator said in a statement reported by CNN. "Ringhals nuclear power plant is still in operation."
The truck was on its way from an industrial park into a secure area. It never made it inside the facility.
"There was no detonation device connected to the material. The object could not have caused serious damage at Ringhals," the company added, reported Reuters.
Investigators are looking to the incident but say the public was not in danger, even if there was a detonation device.
Video from: YouTube.com
"But even if it would have been equipped with a detonator, a potential blast would have had pretty limited effects - the truck would have received some damage and perhaps some passers-by would have been injured, but it wouldn’t have harmed the plant in any way," police spokesman Tommy Nyman said, the Associated Press reported.
Nyman mainted the exploves would not have been able to disrupt power generation at the plant.
Immediately after the incident, the plant raised its security levels from its lowest levels to a 4 as a precaution. Officers began patrolling nuclear power sites overnight with bomb-sniffing dogs. They found no other threat.
The country’s other power plants in Forsmark and Oksarshamn also increased their security measures.
"It is still assessed that there was no risk of an explosion because the explosive had no detonation device," the statement continued, according to CNN.
Police said the driver of the truck was unaware the explovies were in his vehicle. They not consider him a suspect. Authorities are still looking for leads, motives and people of interest in the case.
"An outsider has obviously placed them on the truck," Nyman said, reported the AP. "We’re talking to the truck driver and are trying to map out her movements within the (Ringhals) premises throughout the day."
Martina Kruger, head of the Climate and Energy Division at Greenpeace in the Nordic region, criticized the police and Swedish government for downplaying the incident.
"It doesn’t matter if it was outside the protected area or not, it shouldn’t have made itself within the premises at all," she said, reported the AP.
While police search for the people responsible, Magnus Norell of the Swedish Defense Research Agency said they must remain vigilant of other potential threats. He said someone might have been testing the response and readiness of the Swedish police.
"It could suggest that someone was testing it to do something serious later on. But it’s all pure speculation right now as we have so little information," he said. "It shows the system did work. They picked up on it and nothing happened. That’s one good signal."
Article from: ibtimes.com
Image: Source Ringhals nuclear power plant in Varberg (Reuters / Scanpix Sweden)
Also tune into:
Alex Newman - Hour 1 - Sweden’s Big Government ’Utopia’ Unmasked
Alex Newman - Hour 2 - The Socialist/Corporatist Hybrid System
Mike Cross - Hour 1 - Philosophy of a Psychopathic Society
Brit Dee & Tom Secker - Hour 1 - The Anders Behring Breivik Case & Trial
Holland Vandennieuwenhof & James Lane - Hour 1 - A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995
Sweden on nuclear facility alert as explosives found at plant
Latest News from our Front Page
Nigel Farage (UKIP) Speech on the EU, UK & Mass Immigration
2014 03 08
UKIP Nigel Farage Spring Conference speech - 2014
Red Ice Radio:
Nigel Farage MEP - The State of the EU & The Undemocratic Treaty of Lisbon
Labour wins UK by-election as Ukip trumps Tories
The ruling coalition in the UK was dealt a blow in the latest by-election test, as the UK Independence party pushed the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats into third and fourth ...
Pentagon studying Putin’s body language to predict his behavior
2014 03 07
The Pentagon has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years so that researchers can study the body movements of foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, in hopes of predicting future behavior.
An article published by USA Today reporter Ray Locker on Thursday and corroborated by documents discovered by RT provides rare insight into a scarcely-discussed military effort that ...
Pentagon Claims That Climate Change ‘Enables Terrorism’
2014 03 07
In it’s latest Quadrennial Defense Review the Pentagon has said that climate change and ’erratic’ climate will cause increased terrorist activity.
The four yearly reports highlight threats that face civilization and this years homed in on climate change causing an increase in terrorism.
It also mentioned that rises in sea levels and other issues associated with a warming planet will lead ...
Scientists Control Tiny Mechanical Probes Inside Human Cells
2014 03 07
Nanotechnology doesn’t get as much attention these days as genetic and stem cell approaches to medicine, but all three aim to target the causes of illness with greater precision and less collateral damage in the rest of the body than conventional approaches.
Nanotech breakthroughs have come more slowly than many had hoped, but a recent success shows progress toward the goal ...
Fukushima: The Ticking Nuclear Bomb. Over 800 Tons of Radioactive Material Pouring into Pacific Ocean
2014 03 07
First published by GR in October 2013
In August this column ran a piece claiming that the Pacific Ocean was being poisoned by radioactive material escaping from Fukushima, two years after the devastating tsunami and meltdown at the Japanese nuclear facility. Three months later, shocking evidence points towards a calamity situation.
Silence from the corporate media.
There is growing evidence coming from ...
|More News » |