Great news: 5 Mexican states on alert after radioactive material reported stolen

Great news: 5 Mexican states on alert after radioactive material reported stolen
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[Ed. – The city in question, San Juan del Rio, is about 80 miles northwest of Mexico City.  It’s a straight shot on the Mexican national highway system to I-35.]

Five Mexican states were put on alert Sunday after a truck carrying a container of potentially dangerous radioactive material was stolen, the interior ministry said.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection issued the warning after a company in the central state of Queretaro reported that a pick-up truck carrying radioactive iridium-192 had been stolen. …

Officials said the radioactive material represented a significant health risk if taken outside its container, but was not dangerous if kept sealed.

The material, which is used in industrial radiography, belonged to the company Industrial Maintenance Center located in the city of San Juan del Rio.

In addition to Queretaro, the states of Hidalgo, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Michoacan were put on alert.

Iridium-192 can cause burns, radiation sickness and permanent injury if a person comes in contact with it, and can be fatal if exposure lasts hours or days.

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