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Inadvertent activation of emergency siren at NH nuclear plant prompts closure of nearby beaches – Boston 25 News



Nuclear power station accidentally triggers emergency siren. Video courtesy: Nick Ponte Courtesy Nick Ponte

SEABROOK, N.H. — An emergency siren that was inadvertently activated at a nuclear power plant in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning sent nearby residents into a frenzy and temporarily closed area beaches.

The siren sounded at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station, but New Hampshire homeland security officials quickly announced that there was no emergency at the plant and no danger to the public.

Beachgoers in Hampton, Seabrook, and Rye said they got messages that urged people to evacuate the beaches and to turn their radios on, according to the Hampton Police Department.

The announcement, however, was made accidentally.

“We are aware of the sirens calling for an evacuation near Seabrook Station,” NextEra Energy Resources Spokesperson Bill Orlove said. “The sirens’ activation was sent in error during testing of the system.”

Nevertheless, this did not stop concerned residents from taking precautions. Nearby towns such as Exeter report they received multiple calls from concerned citizens about the perceived emergency.

Multiple other agencies, including Governor Chris Sununu, were notified of the mishap. Local authorities ultimately assured the public that there was no need to evacuate.

“Seabrook Station is currently operating with no issues that impact the nearby community,” Orlove continued. “We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.”

Video shared with Boston 25 News captured audio of the announcement: “Attention. Attention. There is a problem at Seabrook Power Plant.”

There was no further information available.

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