An incident involving firearms near the Braidwood nuclear facility, several dozen miles upwind of Naperville, led to no calamities Wednesday night, the plant’s owner announced afterward.
Exelon Generation issued a media release early Thursday morning stating that the “unusual event” concluded less than two hours after security employees at the Braidwood Generating Station heard shots fired near the periphery of the property, “away from the facility’s generating units,” about 7:43 p.m. Wednesday.
Implementing emergency protocols, the safety personnel alerted officials at the local, state and federal levels, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, about the development as local police investigated the source of the shots. The incident was deemed over at 9:34 p.m., according to Exelon’s statement, once it had been determined that the shots did not pose a danger to the plant or its workers.
The plant’s security team is comprised of trained paramilitary personnel who patrol the facility around the clock.
Situated about 40 miles south-southwest of Naperville near U.S. Interstate 55, the nuclear generating station at Braidwood includes two energy units that have the capacity to produce up to 2,300 megawatts of electricity, sufficient to power more than 2 million homes.