Prank at Nuclear Plant Prompts Investigation

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PERRY, Ohio — An investigation was launched at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant after a pitcher containing radioactive water and two goldfish was found inside.

According to FirstEnergy spokesperson Todd Schneider, the prank was executed in a restricted area that holds large pipes carrying steam from the reactor.

The fish were discovered Tuesday by contract workers who were taking down scaffolding.

The water in the pitcher was radioactive and from the plant, Schneider said, but it was not harmful to the fish.

The fish were alive when they were found but later died because of the poor care they had endured.

A review of plant surveillance video and employee rosters is being conducted to determine who brought the fish into the interior area.

About 1,000 outside contractors also had access to the plant because of a refueling outage that was taking place.

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