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Radioactive Material Missing in Mexico Has 5 States on Alert

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A photo of the missing container issued by Mexico National Coordination of Civil Protection.

By    |   Monday, 29 Feb 2016 01:46 PM

Radioactive material is missing in central Mexico after a truck carrying a device used for industrial radiography was stolen Saturday in the Mexican state of Queretaro.

Mexico's National Commission of Nuclear Security and Safety issued an alert, saying the Iridium-192 inside the device can be deadly if removed from its shield, CNN reported.

The device, which can be used to test pipelines for structural problems, and the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck carrying it are owned by Central Industrial Maintenance.

It is unknown whether the radioactive material was the target of the theft.

The Mexican government issued an alert for the states of Queretaro, Hidalgo, the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, and Michoacan, Reuters reported. The device is not dangerous if the material is kept in its yellow covering. Still, the government is calling for a 30-meter protective perimeter to be set up around the container if it is found.

NBC News described the stolen truck as a red 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. It was stolen in San Juan del Rio.

Some fear terrorists could use the material to contaminate water or to construct a dirty bomb, CNN noted.

Radioactive material has gone missing before in Mexico. In April 2015, thieves left a container with Iridium-192 near a highway overpass after stealing the vehicle that was carrying it, according to Breitbart. Other thefts occurred in February 2015, July 2014, and in 2013.

Twitter users were alarmed at the news.












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