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25kg of radioactive material violently jacked in mexico

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The Mexican government warned nine states, including its capital, Mexico City, that a truck carrying radioactive material was "violently robbed" in the early hours on Sunday.

According to a statement released by the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, a Toyota Hilux transporting highly radioactive material was hijacked from Teoloyucan, a city and municipality located in the State of Mexico. Details about the hijacking have been scant so far. What has been made public is that a possible criminal gang hijacked the vehicle carrying Iridium-192.

Mexico's National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) reported the incident to the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC), who posted this alert on social media:

The government warned anyone with "direct contact with the source [radioactive material] for hours or days, and its effects can be fatal." They also suggested a "30-meter perimeter should also be established around the device in case it is found."

So far, local authorities have yet to voice their concern about the probabilities that the dangerous material could fall into criminal gang hands where they could attach it to explosives and produce a dirty bomb.

It's still not clear which bad actors obtained the radioactive material and what their intentions could be. The question we have is if the criminals specifically targeted the vehicle carrying the radioactive material or if this was just a hapless carjacking.

With the location of the radioactive material unknown and the Mexico–US border in crisis, flooded with immigrants - this could pose a severe threat to the US.

Over the years, there's been a handful of carjackers who had stumbled upon radioactive material, one in 2011 when a car thief stole iridium-192 and another in 2013 when carjackers stole cobalt-60. Still, the Mexican government hasn't learned its lesson in securing radioactive material.

Odd attack, yeah?
 
Sounds like a dirty bomb coming to a place near you! I bet if it happens the idiots in charge here will use it as a reason to triple down on solar and wind. :homer:
 
Sounds like a dirty bomb coming to a place near you! I bet if it happens the idiots in charge here will use it as a reason to triple down on solar and wind. :homer:
Sounds like putting all the nasty stuff in one truck and then driving circles around the bad part of town was the easiest way for the scrap yard to get rid of a bunch of radiology waste. :laughing:
 
Let me get this straight someone was driving around with 55 LBs of radioactive stuff in a Toyota pickup?
With no security and aparently the way the article reads just laying in the back of the vehicle?
 
Let me get this straight someone was driving around with 55 LBs of radioactive stuff in a Toyota pickup?
With no security and aparently the way the article reads just laying in the back of the vehicle?
Why is that mind blowing?

It was fissionable material for medical equipment, not weapons. It's no different than any other toxic chemical.
 
If I've learned one thing from watching the "plainly difficult" youtube channel it's they'll eventually find the thing at the center of a ring of dead bodies after someone opens the container because "oooh cool it's glowing" or "why bother with a campfilre, this thing is nice and warm" or some cholo gang banger wants to show off to his buddies how tough he is by handling it and exposing the source.

In other words, no need to look, these things have a way of making themselves known
 
If I've learned one thing from watching the "plainly difficult" youtube channel it's they'll eventually find the thing at the center of a ring of dead bodies after someone opens the container because "oooh cool it's glowing" or "why bother with a campfilre, this thing is nice and warm" or some cholo gang banger wants to show off to his buddies how tough he is by handling it and exposing the source.
:lmao:
 
Yes, if you want a very small bomb. You might even hurt dozens.
Don't you need a good way to disperse the material as well? All it seem like it would do it throws small bit of now not very concentrated material all over the blast radius, as that get bigger the particles are less of an issue?

Or is that not how it works?
 
Don't you need a good way to disperse the material as well? All it seem like it would do it throws small bit of now not very concentrated material all over the blast radius, as that get bigger the particles are less of an issue?

Or is that not how it works?
Yeah, pretty much. If you ground it to a dust and just put it in a ventilation system somewhere you'd probably do the most harm. Or just finger wipe it in every cloth mask at walmart. You know that nasty walmart people don't wash the masks before they use them.
 
I'm thinking what they mean is a 55 kg radio isotope source.... not 55kg of Ir-192 itself. 55kg of radioisotopes is probably near the entire world's annual production (medical/industrial isotopes only) The actual amount of isotope in a source is minuscule - on the order of micrograms. It's also fixed inside a solid capsule. If you smashed the capsule far enough you'd have directly exposed material, but it's still going to be largely fixed - imagine smashing a glass marble - you get shards but not a powder or something that's really easy to spread.
 
You heard of Baja, Chihuahua, Yucatan, right? FYI, China has provinces. Australia has states and territories. It is pretty cool to look up places and see how they are divided governed.
 
Just another way most of the world copies the US, our constitution, etc.
 
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