Mexico issues alert for stolen truck with radioactive material

December 4, 2013 12:25 pm


A barrel marked with the nuclear radiation symbol/AFP
A barrel marked with the nuclear radiation symbol/AFP
MEXICO CITY, Dec 4 – Mexican authorities have issued an alert for a stolen truck carrying dangerous radioactive material from a disused medical device, authorities said Wednesday.

The country’s nuclear safety watchdog, known as the CNSNS, said that the white Volkswagen truck was stolen Monday at a gas station in Hidalgo state and that the radioactive material posed no risk so long as its container was not broken or tampered with.

The truck was on its way to a nuclear waste storage facility when it was stolen, the agency said on its web site.

A search is underway in six states and Mexico City, the agency said. It gave phone numbers for anyone with information on the truck to call.

“Whoever has or finds the equipment is urged not to open or damage it, as in these cases it can cause severe health problems,” the agency said.

The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday that thieves in Mexico had stolen a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material.

The truck was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage centre, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.


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