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Peru: Stolen Nukes Can't Make Dirty Bomb

The head of the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy said Monday that two stolen nuclear measuring devices used by miners do not contain enough radioactive material to produce a “dirty bomb.” Institute president Modesto Montoya told The Associated Press that the missing 44-pound industrial measurers each contain about 3.5 ounces of removable, encapsulated cesium 137. They were stolen on July 31, most likely for sale to a scrap collector, he said. Although the amount of cesium 137 would not be enough to make a radioactive bomb, it could cause serious burns if carried around in a pocket for several days, Montoya said. Full Story

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