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Gunshots heard at Braidwood station unfounded

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:30 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:31 p.m. CST

BRAIDWOOD – A security guard at Braidwood Generating Station heard gunshots Wednesday evening on the plant’s premises, but no evidence of gunfire was found by local law enforcement.

The guard reported shots within the owner-controlled perimeter of the plant about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and station operators declared the event by 7:43 p.m.

“Based on that, we took the conservative actions of calling local law enforcement who responded,” Neal Miller, communications manager for Exelon Nuclear, said Thursday. “They determined there was no threat to the plant or employees and could not find any source of gunfire.”

Local enforcement “closed the case” by 9:34 p.m., Miller said.

The plant holds training for local emergency crews and its on-staff paramilitary personnel which could have explained the noise, but Miller said no trainings were being conducted Wednesday evening.

The incident prompted the plant to notify local, state and national officials, declaring it an unusual event, the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Although Braidwood is in Will County’s jurisdiction, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said he put extra surveillance at Dresden Generating Station in Morris after he was notified of the event.

“I made sure our patrol people spent some extra time at our plant,” Callahan said.

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