The FBI is investigating a possible threat against the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Oak Harbor, NewsChannel5 partner ONN reported.
Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said he called the bureau to report the threat on Monday. Bratton said a waitress in a Port Clinton restaurant overheard two men talking about the nuclear power plant on Sunday. She told police one of the men wrote “boom” on a napkin.
Bratton said the waitress told police the men were “Arab-looking.”
Patrols have been increased at the plant, but a spokeswoman for FirstEnergy, the owner of the plant, said local authorities don’t think the threat is credible.
The FBI continues to investigate.
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Davis-Besse is a pressurized water reactor made by Babcock and Wilcox with a generating capacity of 882 megawatts of electricity. The commission issued an operating license for the plant on April 22, 1977, which expires in 2017.
The plant has had its share of problems, including an acid leak that almost ate a hole in the nuclear reactor’s head, the station report. The plant was shut down in 2002 for more than a year.
The plant is named for former Toledo Edison Chairman John Davis and former Cleveland Electric Illuminating Chairman Ralph Besse.