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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Radioactive Camera Goes Missing in Houston Area

Houston authorities are on high alert as a camera containing radioactive material has gone missing in the Houston area. The camera, which is used for industrial purposes, was last seen at a construction site in the area, and the fear is that it may have been stolen or misplaced.

According to the authorities, the missing camera contains a small amount of radioactive material, which could be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. The camera is equipped with a small amount of a radioactive isotope called Americium-241, which is commonly used in industrial radiography.

The Houston Police Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services have launched a joint investigation into the incident. They have urged anyone who may have come into contact with the missing camera to come forward immediately and to contact the authorities if they have any information that could help locate it.

In a statement, the Houston Police Department said, “We are taking this matter very seriously, and we are working closely with our partners at the Texas Department of State Health Services to locate the missing camera as soon as possible.”

The incident has raised concerns about the safety and security of radioactive materials in the Houston area. While the use of radioactive materials in industry is heavily regulated and monitored, there is always a risk that such materials could be stolen or misplaced.

The missing camera is just the latest in a string of incidents involving radioactive materials in the Houston area. In 2016, a truck carrying radioactive material was stolen in the city, prompting a massive search by law enforcement officials.

Earlier this year, a similar incident occurred in the Dallas area, where a camera containing radioactive material went missing. The camera was eventually located, but the incident raised concerns about the safety and security of radioactive materials in the state.

As the investigation into the missing camera continues, the authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police. They are also reminding businesses and individuals that work with radioactive materials to take extra precautions to ensure their safety and security.

The incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with the use and transportation of radioactive materials. While such materials are essential in many industries, they must be handled with the utmost care and attention to prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future.

Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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