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Pantex Plant on Brief Lockdown

Filed under: Terrorism — DRJ @ 6:38 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Pantex nuclear weapons facility near Amarillo, Texas, was shut down briefly Friday morning due to a security incident:

“Reports of armed men near the Pantex Plant sparked a plantwide lockdown Friday morning before law enforcement officials determined the men were doing nothing more than hunting geese.

Pantex Site Office Manager Steve Erhart said he could not confirm the presence of hunters prompted the clampdown, but he said the plant resumed normal operations by 11:30 a.m.

However, Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry said his office responded at 7:30 a.m. to a report of armed gunmen in the vicinity of the Pantex Plant. Law enforcement located two men hunting geese on private property along Farm-to-Market Road 2373.”

One of the hunters makes an appearance in the comments at the linked article, while another commenter (not one of the hunters) blames the incident on “Yankees and Californians [who] come in here to work there and they never saw a gun in their lives except on stupid TV shows.”

I don’t know who’s to blame but it’s good for guys to hunt and it’s good for Pantex to investigate armed men near its plant.



11 Responses to “Pantex Plant on Brief Lockdown”

  1. Pantex Site Office Manager Steve Erhart is a lot out of the loop isn’t he?

    happyfeet (e9e587)

  2. from reports back when this happened, it seems they were two miles or so from the plant….. and the initial report of “rifles” were actually misidentified shotguns, as they were hunting geese.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  3. I have been by the Pantex plant on the way to a coal fired power plant. It is basically flat Texas land. I would imagine that hunters are a common site in the area. I guess that a heightened awareness ( and lack of common sense) caused the shutdown.

    LYNNDH (8d8b19)

  4. Common sense is dead throughout America.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. Well, actually it’s been banished, since it was so….common!
    What would they say on the ‘Vineyard?

    AD - RtR/OS! (b27208)

  6. i agree with the “Yankee’s and Californians” diagnosis, even as a native Californian myownself.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  7. What the hell! Did Eric Holder let Nidal Hasan out on his own recongnizance already?

    Icy Texan (7c76f5)

  8. Personally I like this piece overlawyered pointed out:

    Soronel Haetir (2b4c2b)

  9. “armed gunmen”

    What we worry about around here are moronic idiots, especially bearing word processors.

    Simon Kenton (3d943d)

  10. Better than locking the place down for “unarmed gunmen”, I suppose!

    htom (412a17)

  11. Pantex sounds like an explosive expressly design for underwear bombers. I know, I know. It’s probably from combining panhandle and Texas, but still…

    political agnostic (18840a)

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