The Savannah River Site nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina has launched an emergency response after the discovery was made in the last few minutes. Jim Giusti, a spokesman for the Department of Energy, said the department is treating the device as explosive until it can learn more about the matter.
Giusti said the device was found in the A Area, a section of the 310-square mile complex near Aiken. He said: “We have an item in a restroom that we are investigating We have a suspicious item. We’ve declared a security alert and we’re going through our procedures to do what is right.’’
Giusti could not rule out the device was a bomb, saying: “It is a suspicious item. We are treating it as if it could potentially be an explosive device.” The site, built in the 1950s, is used to refine nuclear materials for deployment in nuclear weapons; it covers 310 square miles and employs more than 10,000 people.