Unauthorized Driver Gets Past Y-12 Nuke Site Security

Signs warn against trespassing at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. Local police said the nuclear arms site last week allowed entry by a 62-year-old driver who appeared to have been lost (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig).
Signs warn against trespassing at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. Local police said the nuclear arms site last week allowed entry by a 62-year-old driver who appeared to have been lost (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig).

An apparently lost driver entered a Tennessee nuclear arms facility last Thursday and proceeded roughly two miles across its restricted grounds before protective forces blocked her progress, the Knoxville News Sentinel on Saturday quoted local law enforcement as saying.

The Y-12 National Security Complex allowed Brenda Haptonstall, 62, onto the grounds during a surge in employee traffic at roughly 6:10 a.m., according to Oak Ridge Police Department records. The facility's security came under intense scrutiny after peace activists broke in last July, reaching the exterior of the main U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium.

Questioning of Haptonstall revealed "there were mental issues involved," Oak Ridge Police Officer Roy Heinz said. Authorities have taken no legal action against the latest intruder.

Haptonstall "thought that there must have been a crash because there were nice officers waving her through with illuminated flashlight cones," Heinz said.

National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Steven Wyatt described the incident as a "security breach" and said reasons behind it "will be reviewed aggressively and corrected quickly.” Seven protection workers and a manager "have been removed from duty pending the outcome of an investigation," he said.

June 10, 2013
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An apparently lost driver entered a Tennessee nuclear arms facility last Thursday and proceeded roughly two miles across its restricted grounds before protective forces blocked her progress, the Knoxville News Sentinel on Saturday quoted local law enforcement as saying.

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