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Federal Agents Left Plutonium in Their Car. It Was Stolen.

The Department of Energy left nuclear materials in the back seat of their car in a high-crime neighborhood. Now the dangerous substances have been missing for over a year.

By NTK Staff | 07.16.2018 @5:00pm
Federal Agents Left Plutonium in Their Car. It Was Stolen.

According to a report from The San Antonio Express-News, two Department of Energy employees left nuclear materials in the parking lot of a San Antonio hotel, where someone broke into the car and stole them.

The Express-News’ Patrick Malone and R. Jeffrey Smith wrote that the two employees traveled to San Antonio to collect the materials.

The pair of “security experts” lost samples of plutonium and cesium during their journey:

To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically, a plastic-covered disk of plutonium, a material that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons, and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope that could potentially be used in a so-called “dirty” radioactive bomb.

But when they stopped at a Marriott hotel just off Highway 410, in a high-crime neighborhood filled with temp agencies and ranch homes, they left those sensors on the back seat of their rented Ford Expedition. When they awoke the next morning, the window had been smashed and the special valises holding these sensors and nuclear materials had vanished.

The plutonium remains at large after a year, going missing in March 2017.

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