6 Busted in Mexico Radioactive Truck Theft
They're hospitalized, tested for exposure
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2013 2:51 PM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Men stand next to National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Mexican Federal Police vehicles in a field near the village of Hueypoxtla, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

(Newser) – Six people have been arrested in the theft of a truck carrying radioactive material in Mexico, an official tells the AP. All were admitted to a hospital in Pachuca, central Mexico, where they're being tested for radiation exposure. Another official says all six are dizzy and showing skin irritation, but just one is suffering from vomiting, which is associated with radiation poisoning. According to tests, however, "none are showing immediate signs" of such poisoning, nor are any in serious condition.

Following the hospitalization, the suspects are set to go to Mexico's federal authorities. The stolen shipment had 3,000 curries of radioactivity, placing it in Category 1: "It would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period in the range of a few minutes to an hour," the International Atomic Energy Agency said. Another expert has said the thieves "will, without a doubt, die" from the exposure.

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Dec 7, 2013 8:31 PM CST
you would think we might have learned about unsecured medical material after the Goiania Incident in 1987!
Dec 7, 2013 6:25 PM CST
There not glowing in the dark? Too bad.
Holly Williams
Dec 7, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Wow. I wonder if they were only stealing the truck or if they intended to steal the radioactive material as well? If they planned to steal the radioactive material as well, what did the plan to do with it?