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Mexico issues alert after theft of small amount of radioactive material
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, July 4, 2014 2:03 PM EDT
Mexican authorities have issued an alert for local officials to be on the lookout for a tiny amount of stolen radioactive material.
But the pen-point-sized radioactive material has not been recovered.
It is enclosed in a casing about the size of a pen, used in an industrial inspection device.
The operations chief for the National Nuclear Security Commission says the device, if opened, could cause harm.
Mardonio Jimenez said the Iridium-192 has a relatively short half-life.
It is the third theft of radioactive material in Mexico since December. The December theft of cobalt-60 used in radiation therapy was considered more serious.