Unlocked Gate Statement

Oct. 10, 2003

Unlocked Gate Statement

David Schwoegler, newsguy@llnl.gov, 925-422-6900

On October 8, 2003 at 5:30 P.M., Protective Force Division officers closed and locked the internal gates at Post 3C, near the chemistry building. That post controls traffic between a property-controlled and a limited-access area. At 5:37 P.M., a PFD sergeant checked the gates, as is normal procedure, and verified they were closed and secured.

At the 10:00 P.M. shift change, more routine gate checks were made. When 3C was checked, its gates were closed. But the gate leading into the controlled area was not locked. And the position of the lock and chain were changed from when the sergeant had verified it. The outbound gate remained both closed and locked.

Although national security was not at risk, the Laboratory is treating this incident very seriously. In conjunction with the FBI, the Lab's Office of Investigative Services is leading an investigation that will focus on two element: who unlocked the gate and why?

The investigation will cover the procedures, personnel, audit trails and all other elements associated with the incident. At this point there are no conclusions or suspected theories, and all feasible underlying causes will be considered.

This event followed an earlier unlocked gate incident that prompted many compensatory measures. Those measures worked successfully in identifying, defining and mitigating this current incident.


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