Authorities have suspect in bomb threat at power plant

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has obtained a warrant for someone accused of leaving a bomb threat at a power plant.

The Southern Power Plant in Sacul has shut down for the week after a bomb threat was found written on the side of a port-a-potty Monday evening.

Plant officials were planning on shutting down for only Thanksgiving, but since they had to shut down Monday night, they opted to keep it shuttered for the rest of the week.

Kerss said his department obtained the warrant on Wednesday afternoon and are working to find the suspect to arrest them. He is keeping the suspect's name confidential until they are arrested, but said the suspect will be charged with a third-degree felony of disorderly conduct.

"They estimate they will lose over a million dollars in production," Sheriff Thomas Kerss said.

Kerss said the message was written on the port-a-potty on the property sometime Monday, but was not seen until around 6:45 p.m.

Kerss said investigators arrived on the scene and he contacted officials with FBI, ATF and the Homeland Security Department to investigate. No type of bomb has been found on the property.

"This is the largest biomass plant in the nation and definitely considered a super target in the Homeland Security realm," Kerss said. "This is a very serious crime."

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