Stolen radioactive material recovered in Mexico

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Mexico City (AFP) – The theft of a vehicle in Mexico containing a potentially deadly radioactive material briefly raised alarm Friday — but the container was found with no leak or harm to the population.

The truck, which was transporting deadly iridium-192, a radioactive substance used in making some industrial products, had been stolen Thursday, federal civil defense officials said.  

The substance “can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container,” according to an official statement cautioning that the material could be lethal even if handled for only a brief time.

The truck was found shortly after it disappeared, but the radioactive material remained missing, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente posted on his Twitter account.

Puente confirmed a few hours later that the radioactive material had also been located.

The container “was not violated, it contains the material, which was measured,” he added in an interview with Milenio television.

“As it wasn’t manipulated, there was surely no risk to people,” Puente said.

The theft in Mexico state had prompted officials to issue an alert throughout the capital region and in neighboring states.

It recalled a similar incident in December, when thieves stole a cargo truck containing highly radioactive cobalt-60, apparently unaware of the deadly cargo within the vehicle.

Authorities ultimately arrested and hospitalized several suspects in that case after recovering the lethal material.


3 thoughts on “Stolen radioactive material recovered in Mexico

  1. So why is Mexico continuing to be entrusted with these radioactive shipments if they continually end up missing during transport?

    But nope, we keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Insanity!

  2. Yea, I was just being sarcastic.

    Check this out:

    This happened last Sunday, but somehow I very much doubt it was an earthquake and more like a nuclear explosion, especially if it sounded like train derailed and it was only a 5.2 and especially since there was a radiation spike in the readings two days BEFORE it happen.

    ‘Very strong’ quake hits New Mexico border — Seismic data spikes at WIPP nuke site — Emergency declared at nearest nuclear plant — “Larger magnitude event could still occur” — TV: “Sounded like a train derailed” — “Very rare… Still trying to figure out what caused it… no known fault lines in area”

    So yea, a nuclear explosion is definitely not out of the equation in the near future, especially when we have hundreds of militia and government agents at the border just ripe for an accident.

    Also, we had Barry “campaigning” in Dallas and Austin the other day but refuses to visit the border and soon after that Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins who is a Democrat “coincidentally” decides to house 2,000 illegal immigrants in Dallas. Great timing!

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  3. My, wasn’t THAT amazingly quick.

    Yet they couldn’t manage to find that big ol’ jetliner out there in Diego Garcia (oops, I mean the Indian Ocean).

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