Mexico issues alert after radioactive material stolen

3/1/16 CNN

HAZMAT_Class_7_Radioactive(CNN)The Mexican government has issued an alert for a large swath of central Mexico after the theft of an industrial device containing radioactive material.

The device, used for industrial radiography, was being transported in a pickup that was stolen early Saturday in the state of Queretaro, Mexico’s National Commission of Nuclear Security and Safety said.

The agency did not say whether the radioactive material was the target of the theft, or if the truck thieves made off with more than they bargained for.

The radioactive material inside the device is Iridium-192, the nuclear commission said. The material can be deadly if removed from its protective shielding.

The nuclear commission was alerted to the stolen radioactive material Sunday and issued an alert to authorities in six Mexican states and the Federal Highway Police to be on the lookout for the stolen Chevrolet Silverado truck.

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