GUADALAJARA, Mex. (INTELLIHUB) Nine states have been placed on high alert by the Mexican government after radioactive material was stolen near the outskirts of Mexico’s largest city.
The material is known as Iridium-192 and can be used to make a dirty bomb.
“The source can be dangerous if it is not handled in safe conditions,” a spokesman said for the Ministry of the Interior. It could cause permanent injuries to anyone who manipulates it or is in contact with it over a short period of time.”
This marks the second time that radioactive material was stolen inside of Mexico. In 2013, a truck containing Cobalt-60 was stolen but later recovered.
Iridium-192 has a half-life of about 73 days.
— Intellihub (@intellihubnews) April 25, 2017
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