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(Miami Herald)   If you have lost a 55 gallon drum of uranium at a Miami Airport, there are quite a few people who would really like to have a word with you   (miamiherald.com) divider line 102
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2013-07-25 03:05:45 PM  
The Miami Airport vs. a Miami airport, subs.

But pretty scary nonetheless.  Wish we had more details.
 
2013-07-25 03:08:27 PM  
Sounds like depleted rather than enriched.

Also, what form of uranium comes in drums? UF6?
 
2013-07-25 03:09:48 PM  

GWSuperfan: Sounds like depleted rather than enriched.

Also, what form of uranium comes in drums? UF6?


Yeah, I thought the caffeinated kind came in yellowcake patties from Nigeria.
 
2013-07-25 03:12:49 PM  

GWSuperfan: Sounds like depleted rather than enriched.

Also, what form of uranium comes in drums? UF6?


Still, dirty bomb potential.  Though I would expect bad guys wouldn't use commercial flight to transport the stuff.
 
2013-07-25 03:20:08 PM  

Diogenes: Still, dirty bomb potential.


U-238 has almost no dirty bomb potential; yes it is radioactive but with a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the amount of activity even in a solid, 55-gallon sample of it is exceedingly low.  It was used widely in armor and armor-penetrators by militaries around the world until they got fed up dealing with the heavy-metal poisoning aspects of it and switched to tungsten.

If it was enriched Uranium, I'd be f*cking shocked that whomever stole it just ditched it there.

Also, it was in the vicinity of a plane undergoing dismantling, not in the active cargo area.

That doesn't mean that no one screwed up to result in a barrel of some form of Uranium ending up uncontrolled and undocumented.
 
2013-07-25 03:22:05 PM  
I'm wondering what type of and how much uranium that actually is. I'm assuming it's not just a 55 gallon drum filled to the top with nothing but uranium, since that would weigh nearly 4000kg (8800lbs).
 
2013-07-25 03:23:23 PM  

TheOmni: I'm wondering what type of and how much uranium that actually is. I'm assuming it's not just a 55 gallon drum filled to the top with nothing but uranium, since that would weigh nearly 4000kg (8800lbs).


www.abc.net.au

The fun kind?
 
2013-07-25 03:42:38 PM  

Diogenes: TheOmni: I'm wondering what type of and how much uranium that actually is. I'm assuming it's not just a 55 gallon drum filled to the top with nothing but uranium, since that would weigh nearly 4000kg (8800lbs).

[www.abc.net.au image 340x227]

The fun kind?


Whatever kind helps give local wildlife a head start on beneficial mutations.

i223.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-25 04:26:12 PM  
I hardly think somebody would leave uranium at an executive airport.

lostintransposition.com
 
2013-07-25 04:40:03 PM  
is that why I received a barrel of pinball machine parts?
 
2013-07-25 04:43:30 PM  

ManateeGag: is that why I received a barrel of pinball machine parts?


Time to hop in your VW bus to go hunt physicists.
 
2013-07-25 04:43:32 PM  
I have a perfectly innocent explanation for this! I just have to go get it. Excuse me.
(receding footsteps)
(door slam)
(engine starting)
(screeching tires)
 
2013-07-25 04:44:04 PM  
That is pretty scary.
 
2013-07-25 04:46:36 PM  

GWSuperfan: Sounds like depleted rather than enriched.

Also, what form of uranium comes in drums? UF6?


Yellow cake uranium. You have to keep it in a drum or else it tracks all over the rugs and you can't get it out once it is ground in.

Oops!

Just kidding.

Tell the NSA I'm just kidding!

Please!
 
2013-07-25 04:47:23 PM  
why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast
 
2013-07-25 04:47:57 PM  
Relax, it's for my science project. I'm gonna blow away the competition at this year's science fair.

i.walmartimages.com
 
2013-07-25 04:48:00 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-25 04:48:03 PM  
Trim weights from older Boeings is my bet.  Not even slightly dangerous in bulk.  Ground to a fine powder and inhaled... maybe.
 
2013-07-25 04:48:51 PM  
Since it was found in the area of a dismantled airplane. I suspect it was just depleted uranium counter weights. They were probably just taken off the airplane and put in a 55 gallon drum for safe keeping.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium
       " Civilian uses include counterweights in aircraft "
 
2013-07-25 04:48:59 PM  
Oh URANIUM, not plutonium? Go on then.
 
2013-07-25 04:49:05 PM  
Oh, so that's where I left it.

/always in the last place you look.
 
2013-07-25 04:49:43 PM  
carry on luggage 5 gallon limit. live and learn
 
2013-07-25 04:50:15 PM  
I love how the local news in the United States throws around the word uranium without one sentence explaining it could be anything from unrefined ore found in 50's science kits to enriched stuff used in nuclear bombs.
 
2013-07-25 04:50:44 PM  
lessee ... 55 gallons x 3785 cm3/gallon x 19.1g/cm3 ÷ 1000g/kg = 3976 kg = 8766 lb

Hope it's a strong drum
 
2013-07-25 04:50:57 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
 
2013-07-25 04:51:15 PM  

TheOmni: I'm wondering what type of and how much uranium that actually is. I'm assuming it's not just a 55 gallon drum filled to the top with nothing but uranium, since that would weigh nearly 4000kg (8800lbs).


I'm thinking it was maybe uranium ore. Mostly rock. It's dangerous but but not excessively so.
 
2013-07-25 04:51:20 PM  
I lost a 40 gallon drum of Uranium. So I guess this one ain't mine. I gotta keep looking...
 
2013-07-25 04:51:21 PM  
Drug-sniffing dogs can't detect cocaine hidden in a barrel of uranium. That's just plain old Drug Smuggling 101.
 
2013-07-25 04:51:48 PM  

ManateeGag: is that why I received a barrel of pinball machine parts?


MCFLY!

/surprised it took so many posts
 
2013-07-25 04:55:11 PM  
www.jaunted.com
 
2013-07-25 04:56:04 PM  

Enemabag Jones: I love how the local news in the United States throws around the word uranium without one sentence explaining it could be anything from unrefined ore found in 50's science kits to enriched stuff used in nuclear bombs.


4.bp.blogspot.com

URANIUM!!
 
2013-07-25 04:58:51 PM  
let me know when they get plutonium
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-07-25 05:00:28 PM  
and to think i lost my deuterium in mu-metal assembly. jheesh.
 
2013-07-25 05:06:09 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast


Keep in mind I'm basing this answer on half-remembered Smithsonian articles plus hearsay about the weather in Florida and some geographical knowledge, but I believe it's mostly because of the Everglades and the fact it is too damn hot and humid once you get away from the ocean. I sort of recall something about Lake Okachobee once having been pretty popular, like back in the fifties, but I think the work they've done on fixing the 'glades made it not a nice place to live...
 
2013-07-25 05:07:48 PM  
www.alexcox.com
 
2013-07-25 05:07:49 PM  

ladyfortuna: Jon iz teh kewl: why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast

Keep in mind I'm basing this answer on half-remembered Smithsonian articles plus hearsay about the weather in Florida and some geographical knowledge, but I believe it's mostly because of the Everglades and the fact it is too damn hot and humid once you get away from the ocean. I sort of recall something about Lake Okachobee once having been pretty popular, like back in the fifties, but I think the work they've done on fixing the 'glades made it not a nice place to live...


they better fix it by building a megalopolis ALL OVER THE US
 
2013-07-25 05:09:19 PM  

bmr68: That is pretty scary.


Even scarier is what might have happened if they hadn't found it.
 
2013-07-25 05:12:21 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast


Orlando is in the middle of the state.

Honestly, it comes from shipping lanes plus the fact that 10 miles away from the coast gets you into redneck territory.

Tampa serves as a large port for the Gulf. Miami is for the Carribbean, and Jacksonville is a decent Atlantic port.
 
2013-07-25 05:12:30 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast




Yeah, Orlando sucks.
 
2013-07-25 05:13:47 PM  
Or, as Dave Barry calls it, Thursday.

/Miami is not like where you live
 
2013-07-25 05:15:34 PM  
I thought it might belong to me, but mine was in a violin case when I lost track of it.

/ Next to my Tommy-gun.
 
2013-07-25 05:16:00 PM  

DarwiOdrade: bmr68: That is pretty scary.

Even scarier is what might have happened if they hadn't found it.


suchas?
 
2013-07-25 05:19:50 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Jon iz teh kewl: why aren't there any cities in FL in teh middle of teh state?  why are they just on teh coast

Yeah, Orlando sucks.


yeah that's basically it.  Orlando, and everything else.  farking beach goers
 
2013-07-25 05:20:21 PM  
Absolutely a non-event with the media trying to turn it into something scary.

Some airplanes use depleted uranium as ballast weights.  This airport has a business that dismantles old airplanes.  That depleted uranium from the planes has to go somewhere.  They probably stuck it in a 55 gallon drum and forgot about it.  Its not dangerous, scary, illegal, or related to terrorists or WMDs.
 
2013-07-25 05:21:11 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a 40 gallon drum of Uranium. So I guess this one ain't mine. I gotta keep looking...


That's why I always tape a note with my name and phone number to my barrels of uranium.   It takes a few seconds longer, but it actually  saves you time in the long run.
 
2013-07-25 05:21:54 PM  
Doc Brown and some Libyans?
 
2013-07-25 05:23:26 PM  

bluorangefyre: Or, as Dave Barry calls it, Thursday.

/Miami is not like where you live


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246464/

It even has nukular material at a Miami airport.
 
2013-07-25 05:25:41 PM  

GWSuperfan: Sounds like depleted rather than enriched.

Also, what form of uranium comes in drums? UF6?


/No, it wouldn't be weapons grade or "enriched". Too valuable to just slap in a drum and leave laying around.  It's probably not Uranium at all, but something that has been exposed to it.
 
2013-07-25 05:25:42 PM  

utah dude: and to think i lost my deuterium in mu-metal assembly. jheesh.


Could have been worse.  It could have been nu-metal.  Then you'd have been forced to listen to Linkin Park.
 
2013-07-25 05:28:04 PM  
Our main battle tank "M1A2 Abrams" uses a depleted uranium bolt on its Sabot round as a kinetic energy penetrator. But i seriously doubt it was those.
 
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