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. David

    "We have lots of experience in handling this kind of shipment."

    Apparently, no knowledge was gained from the previous experiences handling "this kind of shipment."

    November 26, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      What? These things are Missing? Don't they have cell phones?

      November 26, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil, Ohio

      So much for their package tracking!

      November 26, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      "We have lots of experience in handling this kind of shipment."

      I guess the other packages similarly went missing too....

      November 26, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bonnie

    I dont feel any radioactive material should be mailed. It should be hand delivered

    November 26, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Whoa

      Fedex != mail

      November 26, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      That's EXACTLY what they were trying to do, Bonnie!

      November 26, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      MAIL=United states postal service

      November 26, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. James

    If it is radioactive, unless the sender was a cheapskate, she/he should have checked off the box for FedEx special handling. Somebody screwed up. On the other hand, if this story is worth making the news, then these two employees should have been called in even on Thanksgiving. Why have a non-union shop otherwise?

    November 26, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    FedEx is a company that hand delivers, for the most part. And it's my geuss that they more than likely have experience with "temporarily missing" packages of this type too :-).

    November 26, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. jay

    Why not give the employees a call or better yet, visit their home. Why wait until they return to work?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gerry

    I have a radioactive package.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary


      November 26, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Don't tell the TSA.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • HotRod

      Braggart! You need to put that somewhere that will protect it!

      November 26, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. crotchcricket

    there is "radioactive" material in household smoke detectors.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hallux

    Chickens Little... scared because of the word "Radioactive". Some of the things you eat, and the air you breathe are radioactive too. (Ever heard of Carbon-14? Just to name one.) Calm down, the sky's not falling. We're not talking 50 kilograms of U-235 gone missing here, okay? Delivery services handle potentially dangerous things all the time, I'm sure Fed-Ex does too, and as for pillorying them for something going missing, maybe we should take a couple deep breaths and pause.

    I'd like to see any of you form a company that delivers about a trillion packages a year, and never misplace even one. Good luck with that, Matt!

    November 26, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt Parks

      Agreed. We're being exposed to radiation all the time. If you've flown in an airplane or had an x-ray at the hospital you've probably been exposed to more radiation than this package emits.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rocketship

    Government smokescreen article.
    The last comment is fake.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    How about calling the two employee's instead of waiting until they return to work?

    November 26, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I was thinking the exact same thing while reading it. Even if these employees had unlisted numbers, one would think that the authorities could still get their numbers.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Harshal Patel

    I used to work at a FedEx Ground shipping/handling center; basically place where we receive packages from FedEx trucks and sort them to go onto the right truck.

    It is very easy for a package, even those marked "special handling" to go missing in the building or on the wrong truck. The only check the have in place is the person moving the package from the belt to the truck and the person hand loading the truck and the person. If they don't check to see if the zip code / address is correct then the package can go anywhere.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rocketship

    Then the article should say, plenty of experience with mishandled packages.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. chad

    But by monday when they return to work we could all be blown to oblivian by people blowing up big bombs in the name of there gods instead of showing religious tolerance.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LivinginVA

      We could, but not from the material in that package.

      November 26, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • You are jack a nininny

      You are damn right – it would be a shame if the CHRISTIANS like Timothy McVey got ahold of that radioactive material and blew up something in the name of their CHRISTIAN religion.

      go die in a fire you jack ass./

      November 26, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Auntie Matter

    Were the two employees named Beavis and Butthead by any chance?

    November 26, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      Actually this is in Tennessee so their names are Bubba1 and Bubba2.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Deepwater805

    My mother in law us some fruit cake through the mail, that might be considered radioactive....

    November 26, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
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