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Tesla Warns Against Trying To Get Gigafactory Sneak Peek

Julia Ritchey

Tesla co-founder and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel addressed security concerns at the company's gigafactory site outside of Reno after a trespassing incident late last week. 

Speaking at a lecture at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Sunday, Straubel said drones, small planes and even photographers with zoom lenses have been spotted around the area where they are building a $5 billion battery manufacturing plant. 

"It's gotten a little bit out of control, though, and this is still an incredibly active construction site," said Straubel. "We have to take safety very, very seriously — both for our employees, but also for people who happen to be in or around the site."

Straubel directly addressed an incident that happened on Friday when a Reno-Gazette Journal photographer was arrested after an altercation with private security guards at the construction site. 

"We're happy to show anyone what's going on; it's not secretive," said Straubel. "Nobody needs to trespass and break in to take a picture; we'll be happy to show you."

Construction is expected to continue into late next year. 

Julia Ritchey is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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