Friday, December 16, 2011

Radioactive material which was on its way to Iran seized at Moscow airport - 16th Dec 2011

Radioactive material was found in the luggage of a passenger bound for Iran - at Moscow's Sheremetvevo international airport.

Russia's Federal Customs Service made the discovery, recently but on an unspecified day, after the material triggered an alarm in the airport's radiation control system.

A search of the luggage revealed 18 pieces of radioactive metal packed in individual steel casings.

The service said that tests showed the material was a radioactive isotope which could be obtained only 'as a result of a nuclear reactor's operations'.

Radiation levels in the area were 20 times above normal. An airport customs spokesman said the material had been identified as sodium-22, which can be used in medical equipment, but gave no other details. Read More