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False alarms ring out near River Bend nuclear plant

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Posted: Feb 7, 2013 5:20 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 7, 2013 5:20 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: false alarm, nuclear, plant, alarms, sirens, warning, nothing

NEW ROADS - Disaster alarms sounded in parts of Pointe Coupee Parish Thursday, prompting a scare that something went terribly wrong at the nuclear power plant nearby. But, the only issue was malfunctioning equipment that activated warning sirens.

The sheriff's office told WBRZ News 2, deputies received a call from the River Bend facility alerting them to issues with the alarm system.

A spokesperson for the facility said the alarms "inadvertently sounded." Following that, an emergency alert was broadcast over area radio stations assuring people there was no immediate danger, and that the alarms sounded by accident.

WBRZ News 2 received calls from concerned residents near the plant, which is about an hour north of Baton Rouge.

River Bend engineers are investigating why the alarm sounded when there was no danger.

The spokesperson described this as a freak mishap with the system, and that no one is in danger and nothing was released into the atmosphere.

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