Three people were detained at the Y-12 National Security complex early this morning after they trespassed and defaced a building, possibly as a protest, a spokesman said.
The alleged incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, federal spokesman Steven Wyatt said in a statement.
The three people, who have not been identified, will be transported to an off-site facility for arrest and processing under federal trespassing charges, Wyatt said, although he wasn’t sure where they would be taken.
He said an investigation is under way, and it is being led by the U.S. Department of Energy Inspector General.
“As part of the secure response, steps were taken to assure that all nuclear material at Y-12 is safe and secure,” Wyatt said. “There is no indication that this incident is anything more than a protest-related action.”