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Man in SC accused of driving through Oconee Nuclear Station security fences, search underway

Deputies in South Carolina are looking for a man accused of breaching security fences at the Oconee Nuclear Station.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 8:05 p.m. Thursday after learning a man driving a silver 2002 Toyota Camry drove through the exit side of the gate on the Highway 183 side of the plant. 

“After the vehicle struck the pop-up barricades that security at the plant activated, the driver backed the vehicle up and proceeded down a dirt road, where Duke Energy security blocked the vehicle in, according to deputies. The driver then drove through a fence after attempting to hit the security officers,” a press release states.

Deputies said while the suspect was attempting to exit the facility, he once again attempted to hit a security truck with a guard in it.

The utility company says on its website that Oconee Nuclear Station is one of the nation’s largest nuclear plants with three nuclear reactors. The facility began operating in 1973 and has generated more than 500 million megawatt hours of electricity. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver or vehicle are asked to call 911 immediately. 

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