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For the second time in recent months there has been a scare at a nuclear power plant in Sweden. A fire triggered the shutdown of one of four reactors at the Ringhals station. The blaze broke out in an electricity transformer outside but never threatened the reactor itself, an official said. He added the plants safety system kicked-in straight away and there was no risk of a radioactive leak.

Sweden relies on ten nuclear reactors to provide half its electricity. But the issue of atomic energy remains a controversial one in the country. Two reactors at the Forsmark facility were closed down in July after two back-up generators suffered technical problems following a power failure. There were calls for an independent inquiry after that incident. The reactors were restarted last month after safety improvements.