Discovery of suspicious item in plant

On 5 March 1999, a security officer discovered a suspicious object within the plant protected area. The licensee treated the object as if it was a bomb, and declared an ALERT emergency classification. An explosive ordinance disposal unit responded to the plant, and determined that the object was not a bomb.
Justification: This event is rated as out of scale in accordance with Part I-1.3 of the INES Users Manual, as it did not involve any possible radiological hazard and did not affect the safety layers.

Event date: 
Fri, 1999-03-05
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