South Carolina Man Being Searched After Allegedly Cutting Through The Security Barriers At Oconee Nuclear Station

A guy is wanted by South Carolina deputies for allegedly breaking over security gates at the Oconee Nuclear Station.

Around 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received a call informing them that a guy in a silver 2002 Toyota Camry had driven through the gate on the Highway 183 side of the plant, which is the exit side.

South Carolina Man Being Searched After Allegedly Cutting Through The Security Barriers At Oconee Nuclear Station

“After the vehicle struck the pop-up barricades that security at the plant activated, the driver backed the vehicle up and proceeded down a dirt road, where Duke Energy security blocked the vehicle in, according to deputies. The driver then drove through a fence after attempting to hit the security officers,” a press release states.

According to deputies, the suspect tried to hit a security truck carrying a guard inside while he was trying to leave the premises.

The suspect allegedly then turned onto a property on Jones Mill Road and drove back along Highway 183 into Pickens County. There were gunshots, however, the origin of the gunfire is unknown to the investigators.

The licence plate on the suspect’s vehicle reads 380VDR in Arkansas. One hour before the incident, the driver of the same vehicle was reportedly requested to leave the Oconoo Nuclear Station grounds and leave his vehicle.

“Duke Energy has comprehensive security plans and a well-trained security workforce in place. A vehicle entered an administrative gate but was not able to access the plant due to our multiple layers of security. No one was injured,” Oconee Nuclear Station operator Duke Energy said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

It also said that the facility is running safely.

With three nuclear reactors, Oconee Nuclear Station is one of the biggest nuclear power plants in the country, according to the utility company’s website. Since it opened for business in 1973, the facility has produced more than 500 million megawatt hours of power.

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