x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Radioactive 'camera' safely recovered

Officials have safely recovered an industrial device containing radioactive material that went missing in Musaffah last month.

ABU DHABI // Officials have safely recovered an industrial device containing radioactive material that went missing in Musaffah last month, according to WAM, the state news agency.

A passerby found the camera-like tool on Sunday night in Al Rahba, 30km northeast of Abu Dhabi, and notified police. Police notified the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, and officials from the authority retrieved the device. It had not been damaged, they said.

The device, which contains the radioisotope iridium 192, was reported missing from Musaffah in October. Comparable to a small X-ray machine, it is commonly used in the welding industry, to check the density of metal.

Officials had warned that if anyone tampered with the device’s yellow casing, they would be exposed to radiation, risking sickness or injury. They said last night that there were no traces of radioactive contamination when they recovered the device.

"This case thankfully had a happy end, without anyone being hurt," Dr John Loy, Director of the FANR Radiation Safety Department, told WAM.

"But it showed vulnerabilities on the part of our licensees in securing radioactive sources, and we will look into that. It also showed how closely local and federal authorities must work together."

 

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