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Radioactive load from hijacked truck found in Mexico

Published time: July 04, 2014 21:27
Edited time: July 05, 2014 02:54
Image from @danielderosastv

Image from @danielderosastv

Mexican authorities have recovered dangerous iridium-192 material stolen from a truck on Thursday in Tlalnepantla, north of the capital. The container had no leakage and radioactive material did not cause harm to the population, the authorities announced.

“We located the radioactive source” the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior Luis Felipe Puente said via his twitter. All of the material appears to be accounted for, he later added in an interview with Milenio television.

The container "was not violated, it contains the material, which was measured," he said. "As it wasn't manipulated, there was surely no risk to people," Puente added.

In the morning, the government of Mexico issued an alert warning after a truck containing radioactive material was stolen. The government urged the thieves not to open up the contents of the protective container.

The substance “can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container,” the federal civil defense office said in a statement, confirming that deadly iridium-192, a radioactive matter used in making industrial products, was stolen.

Puente later announced that the vehicle was found in Tlalnepantla, and is now guarded by the authorities, but the radioactive substance has not been recovered.

The Interior Ministry said that the Iridium 192 can cause permanent or serious injury to anyone who is handling it or comes into contact with it for a short time period.

It is the third theft of radioactive material in Mexico since December, when thieves hijacked a truck containing dangerous radioactive medical material Cobalt-60. The truck was later discovered with the safety container holding the cargo found empty, and the material abandoned nearby.

Comments (5)


Darcy Freeman 06.07.2014 08:51

At least they found it. In the Olden days this just wouldn't happen unless it was the movies! Two Police Escort's and a designed route to travel would of been safe.


karl jones 05.07.2014 12:35

Wouldn't a branch of serious security be applied to this sort of product , i mean you go to clothes shop and there's security tags on tee shirts. Yet loads like this seem to be a simple target ,so this could be dirty 80M material and no guards..big mistake!


Josh Stanford 05.07.2014 09:37

K. 05.07.2014 08:41

Oh! Now we know Congress came from fast and fury is about.



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