Workers Stumble Upon Radioactive Cylinder in Bulgaria

Crime | October 16, 2006, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Workers from the central Bulgarian city of Sliven have stumbled upon a metal container that emitted radiation, Darik News revealed.

The two workers were digging for a construction when they found a sealed metal cylinder that was marked as containing radioactive materials.

One of the workers took the container home, because he was planning to hand it in for scrap metal, but he then called the police to tell them of his finding.

The cylinder was actually an appliance for geodesic measurements and it is not hazardous if all safety regulations are kept. The radioactive isotope in the appliance emitted some 170 micro Sieverts per hour. This is about three times as high as the radioactive level of the leak detected in the country's Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant the previous week.
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