A truck loaded with radioactive materials was stolen in Mexico on Sunday, resulting in nine Mexican states being put on high alert!
The stolen pick-up truck was hauling industrial X-ray equipment. That doesn’t sound very dangerous but the equipment included Iridium-192, which can be extremely dangerous if it is taken out if its container.
This isn’t the first time this happened though.
This is at least the seventh case of radioactive material being stolen across Mexico since 2013, according to AFP. In all instances the materials were recovered safely.
The alert and search for the stolen material covers the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas, according to a post on the director of national emergency services, Luis Felipe Puente, Twitter account.
He encouraged people with information about the stolen material to report it but “don’t open it.”
So it makes you wonder if the criminal who stole the truck even realized what the truck was carrying, or if they just saw it as another vehicle.
Hopefully the officials can safely recover the vehicle and radioactive material before something disastrous happens!