Skip to comments.Radioactive Material On Its Way To Kilgore (Texas) Is Missing
Posted on 11/20/2005 9:48:38 AM PST by kingattax
It made stops in Abilene, Austin, Dallas and Tyler and somewhere along the way radioactive material came up missing before it got to East Texas. A New Mexico agency is hoping that someone in Texas can help them solve a mystery of some missing radio active material, that did not reach its destination in Kilgore.
Workers at ProTechnics in Kilgore were immediately alarmed when earlier this month a military style ammo box that contained radio-active material, turned up missing on a shipment from New Mexico.
The FBI is investigating the theft of the shipment. Investigators believe two vials of antimony-124, a radioactive material used in the oil and gas industry, were stolen before the truck got to Kilgore.
The vials were transported in a military style ammo box, but it was not marked and that's a problem according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. According to TxDOT, any vehicle transporting radio-active material must be marked accordingly, and any container holding the material. The material is also sometimes used for chemo-therapy in humans. The material is not considered a terrorist threat because of the small amount involved.
However, antimony-124 is toxic and can cause skin ulcers and even be lethal if ingested.
Authorities say if you see the box, do not touch it. Stay at least 15 feet away and call authorities. Anyone with information can call local authorities or the New Mexico Environmental Department's Emergency number at 505-827-9329. You can also leave a voice mail at 1-866-428-6535.
I didn't do it. Thats just my glowing personality that you see.
humblegunner did it.
DPS put this out on their e-mail, this week . I think there was a reward .
Maybe they could run an ad in the area papers or something:
Lost. 2 vials of radio active materials. If found, please contact BR-549. Terrorists, this materials should not be used for dirty bombs. It could be dangerous to your health.
If I starting seeing 84-point bucks (with three eyes) out east, I'll know why.
"made stops in Abilene, Austin, Dallas and Tyler"
Surely that wasn't the routing.
It would seem insane to carry a radioactive box around on that kind of zig-zagging trip.
Can anybody guess how much this is worth in the black market?
I ask because I don't know.
So far this stuff hasn't given off any carbon monoxide that I know of and the steaks turn out fine!
Insert Simpson's theme...
We are soooo screwed.
I heard that you could double your gas mileage by attaching this stuff to your fuel line with a spiral copper wire thingy.
Too early to judge the results, but I sure attract a lot of attention at the airport.
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