November 26th, 2010
01:21 AM ET

FedEx searching for missing radioactive package

FedEx could learn Friday what happened to a package containing radioactive materials that went missing a day before.

The company said it is searching in the Tennessee area and that the item is safe as long as nobody tampers with the protective packaging around it.

The item is a cylinder containing rods used for hospital machinery that were being sent to a person in Knoxville, Tennessee, said Sandra Munoz, a company spokeswoman.

"The rods are used for quality control calibration," Munoz said. "We have lots of experience in handling this kind of shipment."

Munoz said the company may learn more Friday morning when two employees who handled the shipment return to work.


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  1. Quincy9

    "When you absolutely positively have to put the public in danger overnight". Who needs terrorists when ya got Fed-Ex?

    November 26, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rocketship

    Any drone strikes inside the U.S. lately.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. oh boy!

    maybe its not an emergency...maybe its not a big deal...maybe its just a slow news day! if they can wait for the emplyees until monday, maybe you should have waited until monday to report this "story" lol

    November 26, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stanley

    This could be the prelude to another massive terrorist attack and they are treating it like lost mail !!! Radioactive rods could be used to make a weapon of mass destruction,aka suitcase nuclear bomb. What is wrong with these people ?!! Why isn't Homeland Security scouring the country for this package ? I fear for all involved ! This would never happen if President Bush were still in the White House.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Quincy9

      Bush? Really? "Heck of a job Brownie". THAT Bush?

      November 26, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dslnightowl

    I'd be on the phone or show up at thier door saying hey this is important we need help this is dangerous to anyone who does'nt know what they have here, how dumb to say duh lets wait for them to come back to work

    November 26, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey

    Fed Ex is waiting for the two employees return to work. Why don't they give them a call on the phone?

    November 26, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. terrycloth

    No one mentioned texr messages or email to get through to these two employees..isn't that standard information on first time job applications?

    November 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ruben Cabrera

    Apparently,the two employees' cellphone numbers are missing too.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nexus

    To lose a normal package is quite understandable

    However, isn't a radioactve package marked clearly with a warning label and special handling instructions????

    I don't think they can just say, "oops my bad." On this one

    November 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Shawn, how would you know?

    November 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RadioactiveMan

    I went to school with a kid that went through apartment buildings to steal the smoke detectors for a mini nuke reactor or something he was building. I don't know how much time he got but his little experiment blew up in his face literally and he got radiation burns from it. If I were the feds I'd be checking that kid's whereabouts. So many weirdos on this planet.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kenny

    i work at fedex and every package handler know not to load hazardious packages the pavkage handler is supposed to leave the package safely under the convaer belt or on the bumper to the fedex truck incase of leaks and so the package wont get damaged...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz

    Fedex, is a horrible company. Worst customer service I have ever met, and it doesn't seem they equip their drivers with the basic knowledge of how to read addresses. I had a package for my company numerous times not be delivered because they couldn't find the room....there was no room, the building has one entrance...and a receptionist who gets packages. It just shows that they are lazy, and their shipping facilities can't handle keeping track of packages.....never use fedex! We need to encourage people to ship through a more reliable, safe and secure shipping company.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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