Skip to comments.Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen
Posted on 08/02/2011 1:54:56 PM PDT by WesternCulture
Swedish police have detained a 31-year-old man in Ängelholm in Western Sweden who was discovered after he sought advice from authorities on the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen.
The man began his experiment some six months ago and has reportedly been open about his plans to construct a nuclear reactor in his apartment in the small Swedish coastal town, maintaining a blog of his nuclear adventure.
The man, who explained that his interest in nuclear physics was awakened as a teenager, ordered some radioactive material from overseas and acquired more by taking apart a domestic fire alarm.
Despite the man's frank and full disclosure of his experiment, his activities only came to the attention of the authorities a couple of weeks ago when he contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority(Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.
The man was told that somebody would be sent to measure the levels of radiation in his flat.
"When they came they had the police with them. I have had a Geiger counter and have not detected a problem with radiation," the 31-year-old told the local Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD).
The man was arrested by the police and taken in for questioning. He admitted to his plans and was later released.
He told the newspaper that had he succeeded in building a nuclear reactor, generating any power would probably have proved beyond him.
"To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself," he told HD.
The man is reported to have spent around 6,000 kronor ($950) on his project and after all his equipment was seized in the raid, he has confirmed that in the future he intends to focus on the "theoretical" aspects of nuclear physics.
Flux capacitor. , really someone should explain to him that a battery does not need a generator to produce electricity.
Is it against the law to build a nuclear reactor in your kitchen? I suppose you may need a permit or something.
I said I need a tie-rod end, not a rod of uranium!
Some guys have all the cool toys.
“To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself,”
After you’ve got the reactor, I’d think this would be the easy part...
The last place I worked (as a consultant) had a battery rack that added up to a potential disaster - lethal, that is.
Put enough auto batteries together, a ton or so, and you’re flirting with death.
Nobody listened ...
That happens in my neighborhood a lot. Damn women!
They made me dismantle it.
[Thanks to Fiddlstix for the heads-up!]
at least he built a nuclear reactor and not a pirate radio station...now that REALLY would have gotten him in trouble!
Damn condo boards.
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Been there, done that. Easier to hide in the cellar.
They don’t want to have to buy your leftover power so they go batto.
Yup. Looks like it's on Hulu: http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-2716/episodes/17819">
“About 1-15% of all people occupationally-exposed to beryllium in air become sensitive to beryllium and may develop chronic beryllium disease (CBD), an irreversible and sometimes fatal scarring of the lungs “
Boy is this person lucky he does not live in the USA where simply belonging to a political party (Tea Party) classifies you as a terrorist and as such open to the full weight and unlawful force of our federal government.
Warrant less searches, phone taps, no knock warrants, a target for the DHS, DOJ can all be used against terrorists.
At least his government is not at war with him.
Gosh, Allegra, losing an occasional sock in the dryer wasn’t enough for you? lol