Threat against Three Mile Island nuclear plant discredited; Penn. airports reopen - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Threat against Three Mile Island nuclear plant discredited; Penn. airports reopen

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A threat against the Three Mile Island nuclear plant prompted two nearby airports to close for four hours, until the threat was discredited, a federal official said Thursday.

The plant remained on high alert, though the reactor was shut down earlier this month for maintenance. Military aircraft patrolled area skies and the FBI and state police watched over the plant, site of the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident.

``It was a real threat, and we handle it the same way as if (the reactor) was up and running,'' said Maria Smith, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Authorities said the threat came Wednesday night but released no other details.

Harrisburg International Airport and Lancaster Airport reopened at 1 a.m. Thursday.

Officials had no timetable to lift the additional security at Three Mile Island. Security had already been increased since Sept. 11 and was heightened again after Wednesday's threat.

Three Mile Island was the only nuclear power plant threatened, plant spokesman Ralph DeSantis said.

The airport shutdown had been part of a temporary flight restriction that extended for a 20-mile radius around the Harrisburg airport, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said.

Three Mile Island is located just outside Harrisburg.

In 1979, the plant was the site of America's worst commercial nuclear accident when about a third of the nuclear fuel melted inside a reactor and radiation leaked into the atmosphere.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.