Texas Nuclear Weapons Plant Forced to Shut Down Due to Massive Wildfires

As wildfires rip through Texas, a nuclear power plant was forced to shut down due to a massive blaze.

The Pantex Plant, the primary U.S. facility tasked with nuclear weapons disassembly, was briefly shut down Tuesday night, officials said in a statement on social media.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday for 60 counties in the Texas Panhandle.

The declaration came as the Smokehouse Creek Fire grew to encompass 470 square miles, the Associated Press reported, citing the Texas A&M Forest Service.

As the blaze traveled south toward the Pantex Plant, the facility paused operations and began evacuating personnel from the site as wildfires emerged north of the facility.

“A fire is north of Pantex. Out of an abundance of caution, nonessential personnel at the site including swing shift are instructed to evacuate the site at 6:30 PM today, February 27,” Pantex said in a statement on X.

Two hours later, the plant confirmed that “operations … have paused until further notice.”

The statement noted that all nuclear weapons and special materials had been secured from the fire.

Located just north of Amarillo, the Pantex Plant has for decades served as the main site for assembling and disassembling America’s massive nuclear arsenal.

It operates under the oversight of the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to its website.

It built its last bomb in 1991 but has dismantled thousands of retired weapons in the years since, the site states.

According to the website, Pantex also conducts tests on active U.S. nuclear bombs to ensure their continued effectiveness.

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“As the cornerstone of the nation’s Nuclear Security Enterprise, Pantex applies unique capabilities to ensure the effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile in support of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent,” the website states.

Meanwhile, videos have been emerging that show the extent of the Panhandle fires that are spreading rapidly in high winds.

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Some non-essential personnel were sheltering on-site for several hours while the plant’s fire department and emergency crews worked to secure the site and ensure protection from the oncoming blaze.

The plant later confirmed that all non-emergency personnel had been evacuated.

It resumed a normal day shift on Wednesday, with all employees ordered to report for their usual shifts, Pantex said.

Authorities have not confirmed what sparked the blaze that doubled in size between Monday and Tuesday, the AP reported.

Abbott said in a statement he expected the wildfires to continue to spread as the weather around the Panhandle was expected to be dry and windy over the coming days.

“Please take all precautions to protect yourself & your loved ones,” he wrote in the statement on X.

“Thanks to the brave firefighters working 24/7 to protect their fellow Texans.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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