A view of the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Google Earth)
26 Feb 2023

Emergency responders called out to a fire involving uranium


A fire "involving uranium" broke out on the morning of February 17th at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The fire prompted an emergency response, according to a spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The spokesperson said."Emergency Services responded to the event. The site activated the Y-12 Emergency Response Organization and we’ve been in close contact with local and state officials."

According to a February 22 article on Fox News, about 200 employees were evacuated from the building, Other buildings next door to 9212 were evacuated as well.

There are no reports of injury or contamination.

The fire at one of the US enriched uranium processing facilities did not result in the release of radioactivity, according to officials at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

According to the news site Wate.com,  the fire involved uranium in a metal-type form. It was located in an  original building from 1945,  which was scheduled to be replaced in coming years.