Hospital Truck Hijacked Hauling Radioactive Waste

Cobalt-60 is used all over hospitals to sterilize equipment, run x-ray machines and even zap blood supplies. The material has a half-life of 8 years, so when the stuff runs out of gas it gets shipped to a waste-disposal to sit until it becomes inert.

Well, someone hijacked a truck yesterday delivering Cobalt-60 to a radioactive storage facility in Tepojaco, near Mexico City. Luckily the Mexican cops found and arrested the gunman today.

Turns out 100 incidents of such thefts involving nuclear and radioactive material are reported to the IAEA annually.  And any of those thefts, this one included could provide some bad guys with plenty of gunk to make a dirty bomb.

'These materials, such as cobalt-60, could be used along with conventional explosives to make so-called dirty bombs. A dirty bomb detonated in a major city could cause mass panic, as well as serious economic and environmental consequences,' noted IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano.

Given how porous our southern border is thanks to Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder and Ogrinsalot anyone else wonder how long before that material ends up plastered all over a US city?  Just a matter of time folks.