Radioactive material stolen from a nuclear medicine company

Radioactive material stolen from a nuclear medicine company
Radioactive material stolen from a nuclear medicine company

Wednesday 15.5.2024

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Last update 7:08

An unusual situation generated a warning call to the population after unknown persons appropriated a package containing medication with radioactive substances, which outside the conditions of medical use can cause, in the face of irresponsible handling, potential damage to health. of people. The box of the device would have appeared in the Chacarita neighborhood, but without the product inside.

The event occurred at the Tecnonuclear headquarters, a nuclear medicine company located at 4100 Arias in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Saavedra. According to the story of the special medical products firm, while a car was being loaded with medication, a package was found missing.

The event occurred at the Tecnonuclear headquarters,

They found the empty box

The box with high levels of radiation was inside a garbage container. A local resident had found the box open and tampered with the package even though he left it in the container. However, a few hours later he returned and discovered that the can with radioactive material was no longer inside.

Police are still searching for the can and trying to determine how much radioactive material is present both in the container and in the air. The Nuclear Regulatory Entity stated that the stolen material is a lead capsule that inside has a container with 45 mm of radioactive liquid.

He also indicated that contact with this substance can produce effects such as vomiting, dizziness, burns and that being a small amount it would not be lethal. For his part, the neighbor who handled the package was immediately isolated.

According to authorities, low-level radiation was found inside the container.

Another local resident notified the police that around 6:00 p.m. she saw a cardboard cutter approach the container and take something that she could not determine what it was.

Radioactive material was found inside the container

City Police mounted an operation on Charlone and Elcano Avenue to carry out the corresponding investigations. According to authorities, low-level radiation was found inside the container.

As a result of this, cleaning work began on it. It is expected that during the early hours of the morning the fencing in the area will be lifted.

Investigators continue the search for the lead capsule that was stolen from the package through city and private security cameras.

 
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