Gunshots fired outside TN TVA nuclear plant

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Source: TVA)
Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Source: TVA)

SPRING CITY, TN (WAFF) - Gunshots were fired in an incident involving a TVA nuclear security officer outside the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, TN, according to TVA officials.

The incident happened early Sunday morning on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, several hundred yards from the site's protected area which houses the reactor and power production facilities.

Just after 2 a.m. Sunday the Watts Bar plant staff declared an "unusual event," the lowest of the NRC's four emergency classifications.

According to TVA there was no threat to public safety or the security of the plant during the incident. Local law enforcement agencies are assisting TVA Police with the investigation.

The site remains under heightened security.

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