UPDATE: Two packages — a brown paper bag and a laptop computer bag — that were thrown near Diablo Canyon’s front gate contained mostly paperwork, paperclips and some other miscellaneous items, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Brian Hascall said.
Hascall, who commands the Bomb Task Force, said the bags didn’t contain any dangerous or destructive items.
“From the beginning the person was telling us there was nothing harmful in the packages, we just needed to confirm that for the safety of the people in the area,” Hascall said.
He did not know what was done with the contents of the bags.
The woman involved in the incident and her spouse were not identified. The woman's husband is believed to be a electrician who has performed contract work at the power plant for some time in the past, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
UPDATE: A sheriff's official was unable Tuesday night to explain what the suspicious bag consisted of that the woman placed at Diablo Canyon's front gate.
Member of the bomb squad could not be reached, and the watch commander who was on shift did not know more than what was in a news release. It simply said the woman had put the bag at the front gate, and did not further detail what was in the package.
ORIGINAL: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office was asked to check on a suspicious package that had been thrown over the front gate of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m.
According to a sheriff's spokesman, a woman showed up and threw what is believed to be clothing over the front gate, saying, “This is not a bomb.” She has subsequently been taken to county mental health.
The woman is believed to be in a dispute with her husband who works at Diablo.
The San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force was called out to investigate and identify the contents of the package. As a precautionary measure, deputies will X-ray the package's contents, which they were preparing to do around 5 p.m. They don't believe the packages contain dangerous substances.
All traffic entering and exiting Diablo Canyon was redirected for a time to another gate.
The incident poses no risk to the operational safety of the plant,” said PG&E spokesman Blair Jones. The power plant is located more than six miles north of the Avila Beach entrance.
“As part of our standard processes, PG&E security personnel notified the Sheriff’s Department of the suspect packages,” he added.