Large drone observed over Swedish nuclear power plant

Forsmark nuclear power plantPhoto: Anders Wiklund / SCANPIX
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A large drone has been observed over the Forsmark nuclear power plant in eastern Sweden. The police moved out but could not follow it.

The drone at Forsmark was observed at around 8 PM on Friday. At the same time, flying objects were reported over the Ringhals nuclear power plants on the west coast and Oskarshamn in the southeast of the country, and, eventually, a possible drone was also reported at the decommissioned Barsebäck nuclear power plant in Skåne.

On Saturday morning, however, the police stated that no drones have been seen at Barsebäck and Ringhals after all, and that the information related to Oskarshamn is still being investigated, Swedish media report.

Guard called police

A guard at Forsmark contacted the police after the drone flew over the facility within the cordoned-off area. The drone was a larger model that could withstand wind in the area.

The police moved out and were able to observe the drone before it flew on and disappeared towards the island of Gräsö.

“We spent time trying to locate it, but we could not find it again,” press spokesperson Petra Blomqvist at the police in the Central region stated.

Review

According to the police, there are no indications that the drone has dropped anything on the area or the land. 

The incident has been reported as both a violation of the Civil Aviation Act and illegal surveying of an area where the public does not have access to and where special rules apply. 

Forsmark is located about 140 km north of Stockholm on the east coast of Sweden. Ringhals nuclear power plant is located in Varberg on the Swedish west coast, while Oskarshamn is located on the east coast over 300 km south of Stockholm.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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