Toronto-area residents had a rude awakening Sunday after receiving a false alert about a nuclear power-plant emergency.
More than half an hour after people received mobile alerts about a supposed “incident” at the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station, plant operator Ontario Power Generation tweeted without explanation that the warning “was sent in error.”
The alerts, including one by public-service site Alertable Canada, said the emergency applied to people within a 10-kilometer (6-mile) radius of the power plant, though it also went to people living farther away.
The alert was meant to be sent to an internal list during a training exercise, and officials are trying to determine how it got out to the public, the Toronto Star reported, citing Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s office.
The incident prompted a flood of scorn on OPG’s Twitter feed. One user posted a screenshot from the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” with a sarcastic caption. Others complained about their Sunday morning being jolted and demanded an explanation.