Skip to comments.6 detained in Mexico theft of radioactive material
Posted on 12/06/2013 5:09:40 PM PST by markomalley
Six people being tested for possible radiation exposure in a hospital in central Mexico are suspects in the theft of highly radioactive cobalt-60, a government official said Friday.
The official said the six were arrested Thursday and taken to the general hospital in Pachuca for observation and testing for radiation exposure. Once they are cleared, they will be turned over to federal authorities in connection with the case of a cargo truck stolen Monday at gunpoint that was carrying the extremely dangerous material.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. He did not specify how the six were allegedly involved in the theft.
Hidalgo state Health Minister Pedro Luis Noble said Friday that the six suffered from skin irritations and dizziness, but that none are in grave condition and may be released soon. Only one was vomiting, a sign of radiation poisoning.
But based on the tests, "none are showing immediate signs of radiation poisoning," Noble told Foro TV.
The cobalt-60 theft triggered alerts in six Mexican states and Mexico City, as well as international notifications to the U.S. and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. It raised concerns that the material could have been stolen to make a dirty bomb, a conventional explosive that disseminates radioactive material.
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A self-correcting theft. Hard to argue with that.
Mexican thieves: What does a Circle with yellow in it and a three-propeller-like design mean?
Wrong answer: Gringo!
Correct answer: “Green Glow”
not for nothing....how about some names...some clue as to nationality. I don’t see anything telling me they’re Mexicans...soooooo....
They were easy to find.... They were glowing in the dark.
The wages of sin is death... or radioactivity
Memories of one of Vince Flynn’s books - smugglers of ‘dirty bomb’ materials paid with their lives. No courtroom necessary.
Beat me to it!!!
I suppose that this is an example of the alarmist tone of the MSM. When this was first reported, they said they’d “be dead in 3 days”. Later in the day they dialed it down to “gravely ill.”
Also I wondered about the symbols, warnings, etc. But then I saw the picture and there were no warning labels.
It’s still an interesting story to me, though.
It’s telling that nobody Is telling the names of the Banditos.
possibly a recently Mohammadan immigrant?
Does anyone else find it interesting that the house where some of the stolen radiation equipment was found is across the street from a kindergarten named after Marie Curie?
Actually, after reading of another Cobalt incident in Brazil, I’m told it’s more of a blue glow. . .
Larry, Moe and Curley.
Well I’m not uptight
Turn me on tonight
Cause I’m radioactive
There’s not a fight
And I’m not your captive
Turn me loose tonight
Cause I’m radioactive...
By The Firm
“The Toxic Avenger” 2.0
Whatever you may think about it, Meheecan policia deserves glowing praise for its X-cellent work in this case.
The thing we should all be concerned about is the fact that this “radio active material” (really an old radiation therapy machine from what I can see), is being so cavalierly transported thousands of miles. The truck could have just as easily been “hijacked” by a bunch of Muzzies bent on dropping this Cobalt 60 wrapped around some HE on an American city from a light plane.
Nope. Just a coincidence...
Really? That is very strange indeed!
And almost nobody is reporting the fact that the truck began its journey in Tijuana...
“And almost nobody is reporting the fact that the truck began its journey in Tijuana...”
Yes, from the pictures of the crating, it looked as though it was from a hospital in Tijuana. It was simply an old radiation therapy machine that was being shipped to the Mexican repository. Really sloppy handling procedure for something that could be used with a devastating result as a component in a dirty bomb.