Missing Radioactive cylinder in Texas…somewhere.
Some more off-topic news of interest to Nuclear personnel:
Haliburton loses 7 inch Radioactive cylinder in Texas…somewhere. People warned to stay back 20-25 feet if they find it.
The neutrons emitted by the cylinder have a biological impact 10 times more powerful than X-rays and the distance at which they would be dangerous to humans would depend on how much of the radioactive material is contained in the device, Hei told Life’s Little Mysteries.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s five-tier scale for categorizing radioactive sources, the americium-241/beryllium neutron sources used for assessing hydraulic fracturing sites are classified as Category 3 sources (Category 1 is the most dangerous).
The Texas health department says the cylinder is stamped with the words “danger radioactive” and “do not handle” along with a radiation warning symbol. Anyone who sees it is advised by the department to keep away and notify local law enforcement.