Texas Nuclear Weapons Facility Pantex Activates Emergency Response Team Because of 'Unexpected Event'


UPDATE: 1:53 p.m. ET — An unverified Twitter account appearing to belong to the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas—a nuclear weapons facility—tweeted that a "security event" on Tuesday has "ended without incident."

The unspecified event reportedly led to an emergency response team being activated.

The security event at Pantex has ended without incident. Thanks to the Carson County Sheriff and @AmarilloPD for their quick response.

— Pantex Plant (@PantexPlant) October 23, 2018

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Original story:

A nuclear weapons plant in Texas called in an emergency response team on Tuesday to deal with an "unexpected event," reported local outlet KAMR/KCIT.

KAMR/KCIT reported that there was no impact off the site—the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas—but that some local roads had been closed amid the unspecified emergency.

An unverified Twitter account that appeared to belong to the Pantex Plant initially called the situation an operational emergency. It tweeted that the Emergency Response Organization, a group of specially trained employees, had been activated. Later the account tweeted that "precautions are being taken due to a security event."

The Pantex Plant assembles, disassembles and maintains nuclear weapons.

UPDATE - Carson County Sheriff Department is reporting that FM 2373 is closed from I-40 north.

Officials are also reporting the east side of the Pantex Plant is completely inaccessible. https://t.co/jwM2YenJMt

— KAMR Local 4 News (@KAMRLocal4News) October 23, 2018

Precautions are being taken due to a security event. Access to FM2373 has decreased north of Hwy. 60. Other precautions include assistance from Carson County Sheriff and @AmarilloPD

— Pantex Plant (@PantexPlant) October 23, 2018