UPDATE – 3:30 P.M.:
According to Pantex Officials, just before noon on October 23, a routine inspection at Pantex identified a potential concern with a vehicle in the John C. Drummond Center administrative building parking lot.
Officials said as a precaution, all employees were sheltered in place and the Carson County Sheriff’s Office and Amarillo Police Department responded, and the vehicle was inspected for any prohibited items.
After searching the vehicle, officials said it was determined there were no prohibited items or explosives, and the emergency event was resolved without incident.
UPDATE 2 –
According to DPS, the incident has ended and the all clear has been issued.
Carson County Sheriff Department is reporting that FM 2373 is closed from I-40 north.
Officials are also reporting the east side of the Pantex Plant is completely inaccessible.
The Pantex Plant has activated its Emergency Response Organization to respond to an unexpected event at the plant. At this time, there appears to be no offsite impact and no need for the public to take any action.
The Pantex onsite response effort is being conducted by the Emergency Response Organization, a
highly-trained group of employees with detailed knowledge of plant operations and emergency response
procedures. These employees represent plant functions such as security, logistics, safety, medical response, radiological assessment, firefighting, operations and public information.
In addition, local Emergency Management agencies in Armstrong County, Carson County, Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management, and DPS have been notified of the event and are taking appropriate actions.
We will have more information as it becomes available.