Nuclear Waste

Published — March 20, 2015

A break-in at a South African nuclear complex alarms Washington and strains relations years later

Two teams of raiders penetrated a site holding enough explosives to fuel six nuclear bombs, but no one was ever caught

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Sources: OpenStreetMap, NECSA, news reports
Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center

Gate 1


Gate 2


Gate 3


Intruders stormed the
Emergency Operations Center
holding one employee atgunpoint and shooting another.




Shortly after midnight, four armed men sliced through a chain-link fence, slipped past electrified wire, then turned off electricity and some alarms.



A second group ofintruders breachedthe fence here.



Intruders fled afteremployees fought backand summoned help.

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1,000
FEET





















Sources: OpenStreetMap, NECSA, news reports
Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center

Gate 1


Gate 2


Gate 3


Intruders stormed the
Emergency Operations Center
holding one employee atgunpoint and shooting another.




Shortly after midnight, four armed men sliced through a chain-link fence, slipped past electrified wire, then turned off electricity and some alarms.



A second group ofintruders breachedthe fence here.



Intruders fled afteremployees fought backand summoned help.


0
1,000
FEET













Intruders stormed the
Emergency Operations Center
holding one employee atgunpoint and shooting another.



Shortly after midnight, four armed men sliced through a chain-link fence, slipped past electrified wire, then turned off electricity and some alarms.

Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center




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