| RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Rio de Janeiro tonight are searching for a stolen car which contains a capsule of radioactive material. The car containing the material, which belongs to an industrial inspection and maintenance company, was stolen Saturday night in the northern suburbs of the city.
Radioactive Device Stolen (Photo: G1)
According to the company, the vehicle contained a capsule of Selenium 75 which is used to do X-rays of industrial welds. Although the capsule has a safety device which prevents it being opened, it could be broken into. Selenium 75 is regarded as a high risk to both environmental and human health.
On Sunday, representatives of the company reported the vehicle, a Renault Logan with Sao Paulo license plates and the company’s logo on the side, stolen and advised authorities of the dangerous cargo. The National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN), Federal and State Civil Defense were also advised.
Radioactive device stolen in Goiania Brazil in 1987 kills four
In 1987, in the Central Brazilian state of Goias, an old radiotherapy device was stolen from an abandoned hospital in the capital city, Goiania. The device, which contained cesium 137, subsequently came into contact with many people, resulting in four deaths.
Source(s) for this article: terra.com.br