UPDATE 3: The man reportedly told bomb squad that he sustained “radio frequency burns” while working on a “quantum physics generator” in his garage, according to Battalion Chief Steve Martin, the Columbus Division of Fire spokesman, speaking to the Columbus Dispatch.
“We have no reason to believe that he was trying to make anything that would do anyone any harm,” Martin added.
UPDATE 2: Haley Nelson of WSYX-TV reports that a resident was working on a “quantum physics generator” at the home and was burned. The type of burns caused confusion among first responders, prompting a precautionary evacuation of about 40 homes.
Teams have not picked up any radiation at this time, but are continuing their investigation.
UPDATE: Columbus Fire Chief Steve Martin says Hazmat and bomb squad crews, responded to a residence in the area at around 6 p.m. He added that authorities are responding to an unconfirmed report that someone building a “nuclear device” claimed they were injured, per WBNS-TV.
Emergency crews are currently investigating a report of a possible small nuclear reactor inside a residential garage in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Bomb squad have reportedly been called to the scene at a home on the 6300 block of Chippenhook Court, located off the west side of Sawmill Road and just off the east side of Route 33. Hazmat crews have also been called to the scene, per WCMH-TV.
Chippenhook Court has reportedly been evacuated as crews investigate the report. Batallion Chief Steve Martin, the Columbus Division of Fire spokesman, is reportedly en-route to the scene.
No further details have been given. We will provide more information as it becomes available.