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Threat levels raised after power plant 'bomb' find

Threat levels raised after power plant 'bomb' find

Published: 21 Jun 2012 08:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Jun 2012 08:27 GMT+02:00

After the discovery of explosives on the premises of Swedish nuclear power plant Ringhals south of Gothenburg on Wednesday afternoon, authorities quickly raised the threat level at all Swedish nuclear facilities.

“They have all raised the threat level as a precaution,” said Maria Stråhle at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to news agency TT.

The explosive device was found on a large truck that had been on the industrial estate belonging to the plant and was returning into the reactor area, which is more heavily guarded.

“Under the first step onto the truck there is a fire extinguisher and that is where the explosive had been placed,” said Gösta Larsen of the Ringhals plant to TT.

He said that police suspect that a civilian has prepared the explosive and that it was the size of a “small fist”.

The device was not primed and was not large enough to do damage to a reactor, according to Larsen. However, he confirmed that the threat levels had been raised as a result of the find and said that any discovery of explosives on the plant’s premises was “worrying”.

According to the county police, the device was in the shape of “plastic explosive” and the truck where it was discovered never leaves the plant’s immediate environs.

“The truck was entering the guarded area when the device was found by the plant’s own sniffer dogs,” said police spokesman Tommy Nyman.

The entire premises were searched with sniffer dogs over night but no other discoveries have been found and police so far have no suspects.

However, a preliminary investigation is under way and the incident has been classified as a suspected sabotage attempt.

Police will question truck drivers and officers are currently trying to find out where and when the suspected explosive could have been placed on the vehicle.

“We will speak to everyone we think could have information about the incident,” Nyman said to TT.

The device was sent off to the National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratoriumSKL) in Linköping for testing soon after the discovery and scientists have since confirmed that it was an explosive found on the plant premises.

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11:19 June 21, 2012 by Twiceshy
I start to wonder if these PR people change their names to work at a place:

> Maria Stråhle at ... Strålsäker...

And there's of course the famous "Lisa Frost" who is also aptly named to work at the Swedish Meteorological agency.
13:39 June 21, 2012 by nolikegohome
So shocking. Who on earth would want to harm such a gentle & nutral country like Sweden?
14:28 June 21, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
#2

Maybe because it aint as gentle and neutral as the propagandists want you to believe?
16:59 June 21, 2012 by Michael Whitfield
I wonder if the increase in crime, violence & destruction in Sweden the past 20 - 25 years has anything to do with the influx of immigrants. But, I suppose a statement like this would be considered inflammatory, racist, insensitive, or politically incorrect by those on the left.
18:39 June 21, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#1: check this article for a very aptly named man working an aptly job in an aptly named town. http://www.nsd.se/nyheter/artikel.aspx?ArticleId=5058545
18:55 June 21, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
#4

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. :)
22:33 June 21, 2012 by Gaurbrekt
@Twiceshy: Then you should check out this story - "Rånarna Rånade Rånman i Råneå": http://www.nsd.se/nyheter/artikel.aspx?ArticleId=5058545
00:03 June 24, 2012 by för30årseden
Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten alone was worth the read. I do miss Swedish.

But does anyone know why its called the "Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium" in stead of Statenskriminaltekniskalaboratorium? What's the rule?

I remember järnvägsstationensområdetsväckmästeren (I hope I remembered the spelling).

And metallarbetarefackförbundetsordförandet -- those were interesting Swedish words.
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