News

Stolen radioactive cobalt-60 found abandoned

epa03976906 A handout picture provided on 04 December 2013 by Secretary Office of Energy of Mexico (SENER) shows the radioactive piece robbed on 02 December 2013 in a road of Mexico. Mexican authorities launched an alert in several states of the country after the robbery of a medical equipment that contains radioactive material of low intensity but that is still dangerous if its magnetic head is broken. The states in alert are Queretaro, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Mexican capital city. EPA/SENER / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa03976906 A handout picture provided on 04 December 2013 by Secretary Office of Energy of Mexico (SENER) shows the radioactive piece robbed on 02 December 2013 in a road of Mexico. Mexican authorities launched an alert in several states of the country after the robbery of a medical equipment that contains radioactive material of low intensity but that is still dangerous if its magnetic head is broken. The states in alert are Queretaro, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Mexican capital city. EPA/SENER / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLYCredit: EPA

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

MEXICO CITY — A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico state, the country’s nuclear safety director said.

The highly radioactive material was found in an empty lot about a half a mile from Hueypoxtla, an agricultural town of about 4,000 people, but it poses no threat or a need for an evacuation, said Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.

‘‘Fortunately there are no people where the source of radioactivity is,’’ Eibenschutz said.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Share