Explosives found at Swedish nuclear power plant

Vattenfall on June 20 said suspected explosive materials were found in a truck on its way into the premises of the Ringhals nuclear power plant on the west coast of Sweden. Found with the use of vehicle scanning equipment and search dogs, the material was confirmed as an explosive paste by the State Forensic Laboratory on June 21. Vattenfall said there was no detonation device connected to the material and the discovered material could not have caused serious damage at the plant.

Swedish police are investigating the event, being described as a suspected sabotage, and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has been informed. Security has been elevated at the Forsmark and Barsebäck plants.

Vattenfall, operator of the plant, said the Ringhals nuclear power plant is still in operation. The four-unit, 3,700 MW plant generates about 20 percent of all electricity used in Sweden.

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