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Nation’s largest atomic energy plant locked down

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WINTERSBURG, Ariz. - Security officials at the nation's largest nuclear power plant detained a contract worker with a small pipe bomb in the back of his pickup truck today in Arizona. In Washington, the Department of Homeland Security says there is no known terrorism link to the incident.

The worker has been identified as Roger William Hurd of Goodyear, Arizona. 61-year-old Hurd was stopped and detained at the entrance of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, about a half mile from the containment domes where the triple-reactor plant's nuclear material is stored.

Security officials then put the nuclear station some 50 miles west of Phoenix on lockdown for a few hours, prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving the facility.

Authorities describe the device as a six-inch capped explosive made of galvanized pipe that contained suspicious residue. Authorities now have rendered the device safe and investigators say they have interviewed Hurd and he's cooperating and has not been arrested.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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