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(AZ Family)   The next time you're thinking about stealing equipment from a stranger's truck, stop and ask yourself, "How do I know this equipment doesn't contain radioactive materials?"   (azfamily.com) divider line 26
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-29 08:11:40 AM  
The item contains small amounts of radioactive material which is encased within the device. If tampered with, it could pose health risks with prolonged direct exposure.

Why would I want to steal such a feeble source? My plans require much more intense radioactivity. I might as well fill my truck with smoke detectors.
 
2014-04-29 09:42:50 AM  

ZAZ: The item contains small amounts of radioactive material which is encased within the device. If tampered with, it could pose health risks with prolonged direct exposure.

Why would I want to steal such a feeble source? My plans require much more intense radioactivity. I might as well fill my truck with smoke detectors.


You would need to.  The Am241 in that detector is ~44millicuries whereas (for the sake of the rest of the thread participants) a household smoke detector source is 1microcurie.

That Cs137 source isn't too shabby either.  ~11mCi?  I'm too lazy to do the math at the moment but that should be around 500MBq.  I have a 15 year old Cs137 source with an initial activity of 10uCi and I see it putting out ~30mRem less than an inch from the detector.  If someone breaks open the source container from that device in the article and decides to "trophy" that thing on their mantle or kitchen counter or rear view mirror, it might be none to healthy.
 
2014-04-29 10:02:20 AM  

UberDave: ZAZ: The item contains small amounts of radioactive material which is encased within the device. If tampered with, it could pose health risks with prolonged direct exposure.

Why would I want to steal such a feeble source? My plans require much more intense radioactivity. I might as well fill my truck with smoke detectors.

You would need to.  The Am241 in that detector is ~44millicuries whereas (for the sake of the rest of the thread participants) a household smoke detector source is 1microcurie.

That Cs137 source isn't too shabby either.  ~11mCi?  I'm too lazy to do the math at the moment but that should be around 500MBq.  I have a 15 year old Cs137 source with an initial activity of 10uCi and I see it putting out ~30mRem less than an inch from the detector.  If someone breaks open the source container from that device in the article and decides to "trophy" that thing on their mantle or kitchen counter or rear view mirror, it might be none to healthy.


Ahh it's a baby source. The ones we have are about 100Cu Ir192.
 
2014-04-29 10:04:58 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-29 10:06:09 AM  
The scariest thing about this story is that there's a road called "W. Celebrate Life Way".
 
2014-04-29 10:06:38 AM  
Something of that nature happened in Mexico a few years ago. A van containing a secure box filled with some radioactive substance used in medical equipment was stolen. The press made it clear that the stuff was a danger to whomever stole it. The van was later found abandoned and the open container found nearby with the stuff still in it. I lost track of the story before finding out if they found the perps in the local hospitals.
 
2014-04-29 10:06:40 AM  
Meh, it's no dying after tampering with the glowing radioactive capsule from a stolen high-power medical x-ray machine to make your wifey a ring... I mean, it would have been a pretty farking awesome ring.
 
2014-04-29 10:06:48 AM  
Had a sheepsfoot run over a densitometer once (mid 80's).
All the construction guys freaked out.
 
2014-04-29 10:08:03 AM  
Subby  missed an opportunity to 'this is not a repeaet' of whenever that happened in Mexico a few months ago.

Those hijacker's died didn't they?

Also need some Rick and Morty references in this thread...
 
2014-04-29 10:09:42 AM  

ZAZ: The item contains small amounts of radioactive material which is encased within the device. If tampered with, it could pose health risks with prolonged direct exposure.

Why would I want to steal such a feeble source? My plans require much more intense radioactivity. I might as well fill my truck with smoke detectors.





i277.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-29 10:45:32 AM  
Throw it out.
www.liveindurhamregion.com
 
2014-04-29 10:48:17 AM  

You don't wanna look in there.



1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-29 11:09:30 AM  
Maybe they should've slapped a radioactive material sticker on that fancy diamond plate box they kept it in.
 
2014-04-29 11:09:32 AM  

cgraves67: Something of that nature happened in Mexico a few years ago. A van containing a secure box filled with some radioactive substance used in medical equipment was stolen. The press made it clear that the stuff was a danger to whomever stole it. The van was later found abandoned and the open container found nearby with the stuff still in it. I lost track of the story before finding out if they found the perps in the local hospitals.


I also lost track... and six arrested after not getting glowing reviews.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/09/world/americas/mexico-radioactive-truc k- arrests/
 
2014-04-29 11:34:05 AM  
Is this a repeat from a few months ago, or did this actually happen again?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-29 11:38:41 AM  
durbnpoisn

This is the third story on Fark in the past few years. Earlier stories were from Pennsylvania and Mexico.
 
2014-04-29 11:52:09 AM  

Tillmaster: The scariest thing about this story is that there's a road called "W. Celebrate Life Way".


Know how I know you've never driven around Phoenix?

Seriously, they ran out of names for roads at some point and just started making shiat up.

Tell me how many roads you can find in this snippet of Scottsdale that start with "9", but aren't the same road or connected:

i521.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-29 12:29:49 PM  

EvilVanMan: Maybe they should've slapped a radioactive material sticker on that fancy diamond plate box they kept it in.


I'm going to guess that there was such a label on the yellow box inside the box that you refer to. Just like the ionization chamber in my smoke detector has the trefoil embossed in the aluminium cover, but the outer plastic shell of the detector doesn't (so far as I know; not going to unmount it to check the back)
 
2014-04-29 12:34:38 PM  
escarpmentfund.ca
Why worry? Each of us has stolen an unlicensed particle accelerator.
 
2014-04-29 01:02:36 PM  

logieal: Tillmaster: The scariest thing about this story is that there's a road called "W. Celebrate Life Way".

Know how I know you've never driven around Phoenix?

Seriously, they ran out of names for roads at some point and just started making shiat up.

Tell me how many roads you can find in this snippet of Scottsdale that start with "9", but aren't the same road or connected:

[i521.photobucket.com image 737x724]


I can see a lot of recycled names differing only by St/Rd/Pl/Av -- sounds like a recipe for misdelivered mail.
 
2014-04-29 02:00:44 PM  

ZAZ: The item contains small amounts of radioactive material which is encased within the device. If tampered with, it could pose health risks with prolonged direct exposure.

Why would I want to steal such a feeble source? My plans require much more intense radioactivity. I might as well fill my truck with smoke detectors.


www.dangerouslaboratories.org

Approves.
 
2014-04-29 03:44:11 PM  
We have a couple of (empty) casks around here that are labeled 5Mci (co60).

//Big M, not little.  Used for distance irradiation studies.
 
2014-04-29 04:04:08 PM  
img.fark.net

does NOT approve
 
2014-04-29 05:44:05 PM  
My guess: Density gauge.

*clicks article*

Yep.

I like how they didn't find any elevated readings where the vehicle was taken from. Um, of course not?
 
2014-04-30 12:11:37 AM  

PsychoChimp: We have a couple of (empty) casks around here that are labeled 5Mci (co60).

//Big M, not little.  Used for distance irradiation studies.


So, how well does distance get irradiated?
 
2014-04-30 01:55:46 PM  
WelldeadLink: So, how well does distance get irradiated?

like 1/r2 obviously...
 
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