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Pantex: Suspicious package received did not contain any radioactive material

FM-2373 from US-60 north to FM-293 closed due to situation at Pantex. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Dakota Kessler)

UPDATE | At around 5:30 p.m., Pantex tweeted that "Amarillo PD has issued an all clear on the suspicious package."

UPDATE | At 5:15 p.m., Pantex tweeted "the package in question did not contain any radioactive material."

UPDATE | Pantex Plant has declared the ongoing situation which prompted evacuations and road closures an "operational emergency."

The plant sent out a tweet just before 5 p.m. stating it was not likely that residents will have to take any action during an operational emergency. They said at this time, no additional protective actions are required beyond what has already been done.

Pantex said an operational emergency is declared when an event at the plant requires a special response.

UPDATE | As of about 4 p.m., Pantex Plant said all personnel were being released from the plant as a result of the continued response to the suspicious package.

ORIGINAL STORY | Law enforcement agencies have been called in to assist in closing a road just outside of the Pantex plant.

According to DPS and the Carson County Sheriff's Office, FM-2373 from US-60 north to FM-293 is currently closed.

The CCSO said they received a call from Pantex asking to block the area. CNS officials said a suspicious package was received at the plant sometime Tuesday afternoon.

Employees at Pantex have been evacuated from the immediate area and Amarillo Police Department's Bomb Squad was called to the scene to "investigate a suspicious package", according to a tweet sent out by the plant.


At this time, DPS and the CCSO could not provide any additional details on the situation.

ABC 7 Amarillo has a contacted Pantex and are awaiting a response.

This is a developing story and more details will be provided as they are received.



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