December 4th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Truck with radioactive material stolen

A pair of thieves in Mexico may have stolen more than they bargained for when they targeted a truck this week.

The stolen vehicle was carrying a delicate cargo - a radioactive element used for medical purposes, but one that can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced the theft Wednesday.

Mexican authorities told the IAEA that the truck, which was transporting the cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, was stolen Monday in Tepojaco, near Mexico City.

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  1. saywhat

    lets get Mexico under sanctions. A radioactive element that is used for medical purposes but " one that could be used for making a so called dirty bomb"
    In fact all such elements should be outlawed everywhere. We have a precedence , take Iran.

    December 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theodore

      Man, do some research before you post – elements capable of being used to make a dirty bomb are plentiful and extremely easy to refine. A dirty bomb is just a regular bomb with some radioactive material that gets spread around. There is no conceivable way of banning all radioactive elements...

      December 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I guess your sarcasm was a little to deep for him saywhat. And there is also that possibility that they were just out to steal a truck.

      December 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • not so fast

      There is nothing "medical" about Iran's uranium enrichment. In fact, there is nothing "peaceful" about it as they claim. As you seem to claim on their behalf.

      December 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • not so fast

      Specifically, natural uranium is less than one percent of the 235 isotope. To be useful as fuel in a power plant you need to enrich to three or four percent. It is an arduous process. It becomes much more arduous to go much beyond that level. And it does not make the fuel more efficient to go to say, 10 %, or more.

      December 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Whew !! I had to come back to this site three times just to be sure it was TJI. It had been so long since they had a new story, I just needed to be sure I was in the right place.

    December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two guys are bungee-jumping one day. The first guy says to the second. "You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Mexico." The second guy thinks this is a great idea, so the two pool their money and buy everything they'll need – a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc.

    They travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gather to watch them at work. The first guy jumps. He bounces at the end of the cord, but when he comes back up, the second guy notices that he has a few cuts and scratches.

    Unfortunately, the second guy isn't able catch him, he falls again, bounces and comes back up again. This time, he is bruised and bleeding. Again, the second guy misses him.

    The first guy falls again and bounces back up. This time, he comes back pretty messed up – he's got a couple of broken bones and is almost unconscious. Luckily, the second guy finally catches him this time and says, "What happened? Was the cord too long?"

    The first guy says, "No, the cord was fine, but what the heck is a 'pinata'?"

    December 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      As usual you have made me smile & chuckle!

      December 5, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And hello to you also Mary. Haven't seen you here in a long time. How you doing ?

    When a story is left up for like two weeks, it can pretty much expected that people are going to change the topic.

    December 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I've been doing well Mary. And yourself ?

    December 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Thanks@bobcat and hey@Mary, sure missed you around here.Congrats.
    @Theodore, hope you heard them.

    December 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well congratulations Mary. Many long happy years to you and your hubby.

    December 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck

    Dont worry, Obama has gaurnteed us the Border is closed

    December 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stan

    nothing you can do to stop it. it's happening right now from natural sources of radiation that are all around you. the only difference is the dose rate

    December 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble Watson

    what r'dah odds 2 hospitals in 3rd world lax standards have their radioactive sources diverted and breached...really not believin' this guy: i fell asleep and was awaken witah a gun knocking window alarm and naytook dah car....i'd mightah believed him, too...but he overdiddit on the storyline when he added walkietalkies and the crucifixion statement "it is done..." people it's christmastime not lent! y'all need t'add aliddle pulp to his fiction...that is iffewcanfind'im cuz yoooou let him go!!!!

    December 5, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Not me at 9:16 pm. Nice try whoever.

    December 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol yea me to @ banasy.

    December 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. P W Botha

    He was a big whiner. He had it pretty good living on the taxpayer's dime for 27 years. Three squares a day. Free healthcare. Board games. Pretty sweet deal.

    December 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      @P W Botha.
      You are famous; I realize that this is the post to which @banasy reffered on another site.
      Don't worry. It's clear that you were kidding about Mandela.
      @bobcat is funnier than you.

      December 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hey PW, can you just imagine what people are gonna say about you when you pass away? Because i sure can!

    December 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    End of an era of courage, perseverance & inspirational leadership.RIP Nelson Mandela. Millions around the world salute you.

    December 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
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