Radiation source found in Urals

Publish date: July 1, 2004

The source of radiation found on April 20th near the suspicious container turned out to be iridium-192.

This information was received after spectrometric analyses of the source. The source was not inside the container as it was assumed before, ITAR-TASS reported on April 23d.

The local police took measures to find the owner of the container and the radiation source. There is no threat to the environment or the local population, ITAR-TASS reported. The metal container was found in Beloyarsk district in Sverdlovsk region on the road between Yekaterinburg and Tyumen close to a café. The specialists of the Ministry of Emergencies detected gamma radiation equal to 2,800 mikroroentgen per hour (20 muR/h is normal).