Alarming Wake-Up Call: Siren Sounds at Nuclear Plant

Residents near a nuclear power plant get an alarming wake-up call

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:59 AM PDT
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More than 50 calls from concerned residents came into the OC Sheriff's Department early Tuesday after a siren sounded at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.

The siren -- a false alarm -- sounded at about 4:45 a.m.

"We got a whole bunch of calls," said Sgt. S. Baker of the Orange County  Sheriff's Department. "Not sure how many, but  it was a parcel. A whole bunch."

The plant is on the coast in San Diego County about three miles from San  Clemente and the Orange County line. The plant also borders the Camp  Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

The siren was shut off almost immediately and determined to be a false  alarm, Baker said. He said authorities are not sure what triggered the alarm.

Technicians at the plant were looking into the problem,  Baker said.
 

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