Stolen radioactive liquid truck found EMPTY in Mexico with contents dumped a kilometer away – but thieves who opened container could be sick and die within days after being exposed to DEADLY levels of radiation
The stolen truck has been found; some of the material has been found elsewhere
Radiation has been detected in the area, an official says
Thieves lives could be in danger as they were exposed to deadly levels of radiation
The cobalt had been used for cancer treatments in Tijuana
Experts say cobalt-60 can also be used to make a dirty bomb
The truck was headed to a waste facility
Exposure to cancer-therapy substance may be ‘almost immediately fatal’
Thieves probably wanted truck and were unaware of nuclear cargo
5 December 2013
A truck that contained highly radioactive material that could be used by terrorists to create a ‘dirty bomb’ has been found but the lives of the thieves who stole it could be in danger.
The highly radioactive material was found in an empty parking lot about a kilometer from Hueypoxtla, a small farming town of about 4,000 people – close to where it was originally stolen.
Officials say the radioactive source had been removed from its container but say whoever had opened could die ‘because the source’s intensity is very high’.
‘They will eventually have to go to a hospital, and we’ll be waiting for them,’ NNSC official Mardonio Jimenez said.