Mexico issues warning of radioactive material theft

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On Monday, an unknown thief in Mexico stole a truck with an unspecified amount of radioactive material. In five years, this is the fourth time that potentially deadly isotopes have gone missing in a truck theft.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of the emergency response agency, Civil Protection, publicly warned citizens on Twitter to not open any containers which are holding iridium-92 if they happen to find the truck.

The theft happened in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city. Civil Protection warned city officials the radioactive material could pose a health hazard if people are exposed to the containers.

It has not been confirmed who may have stolen the truck, nor if they were working alone or for a larger organization.

The tweeted alert about the theft addressed the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacán San Luis Potosi, Durango, and Zacatecas. None of these states border the United States.

H/T: The Daily Caller

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