Mysterious intruder shoots at Tennessee nuclear plant security guard

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 22, 2013 12:46 EDT
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TVA's Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee. Screenshot via WATE-TV.
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An as-yet-unknown intruder who turned up at a Tennessee nuclear plant opened fire on private security guards before fleeing the scene, authorities said Monday.

The incident was serious enough that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar nuclear plant went into a heightened state of alert, according to The Times Free Press. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also said Sunday night that it has joined the investigation.

Nobody was injured, but a security guard said that his vehicle was struck by bullets during his exchange with the suspect. Both men reportedly fired several shots.

The guard encountered the intruder around 2 a.m. Sunday, Knoxville-based WATE-TV reported. The alert was cleared after about 13 hours later.

This video is from WATE-TV, aired April 21, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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