Fire at Anniston Depot bursts radioactive-gas vessels
Posted by rowhite August 09, 2007 4:21 PM
ANNISTON — A fire at the Anniston Army Depot burst several containers that held radioactive gas, threatening a warehouse of contaminated material, an incident first made public by the Wisconsin nonprofit group Nukewatch.
Anniston Army Depot spokeswoman Joan Gustafson said the fire, discovered around 7 p.m. Monday and extinguished within 30 minutes, was reported to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday. She said she had not planned a news release because the fire was so small.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said that “a fair amount” of radioactive waste was involved.