"Don't Open It" - 9 Mexican States On Alert After Radioactive Material Stolen

Tyler Durden's picture

In light of the recent spate of emergency drills and nuclear attack
preparedness plans
across the United States, it seemed notable that an unknown amount of stolen radioactive material has prompted the head of national emergency services to issue an alert today in nine Mexican states.

A vehicle carrying mobile industrial radiography equipment filled with Iridium-192 was stolen in the city of Tlaquepaque in the state of Jalisco, and as Reuters reports, the alert and search for the stolen material covers the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas, according to a post on Luis Felipe Puente's Twitter account.

Puente encouraged people with information about the stolen material to report it but added: "don't open it."

Somewhat shockingly, theft of radioactive material in Mexico is a somewhat of a common occurrence. Last year a container of radioactive substance used for industrial X-rays was also taken along with a car. Similar occurrences also happened in April 2015 and in July 2014. In December 2013, thieves – apparently unaware of the contents of their heist – stole a vehicle containing medical equipment with highly radioactive cobalt-60, a material that could be used to produce a “dirty bomb,” according to the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

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motorollin's picture

Just look for the green guys with mustaches.

I hope there's plans for a lead wall.

ThaBigPerm's picture

I've got an ionizing smoke detector with a bit of radioactive Americium in it just a few feet away on the wall .... bidding starts at $25 million....

Rusty Shorts's picture

I've got a glowing keychain with Tritium in it...

Four chan's picture

its fema it was always fema.

erkme73's picture

I've got several sidearms that have tritium in them, too.

HedgeJunkie's picture

Mid-70's a high school buddy stole a box of quarter stick dynamite from the gypsum quarry, then went down one of the few paved roads tossing lit sticks out the window of his car.  He was having such a great time he didn't see the cop until he pulled up beside him...at that moment he dropped his next toss and it blew his back bumper off.

Cop was really pissed because he had dodged the last two drops.

He was about 14 or 15 at the time, so he got a weeks suspension from school, his parents had to spring for a new case of dynamite, and he had to wait in a chair at the sherrif's station until they thought it a suitable hour to wake his parents.  Oh, and he had to personally patch the road.  Deal made with the deputies, the parents and the kid.

If it happened today he'd be in Guantanemo within hours never to be seen again.

Ace Ventura's picture

+1 Either that or riddled with 1,000 rounds from a brigade of body-armored stasi in their fancy new bearcat assault vehicles.

MalteseFalcon's picture

And here we were all worried about E-ran and their nukuloor stuff.

pkea's picture

that's what the people should really worry about than some fictional NK hitting the US

nmewn's picture

Who done it...Trump or Putin? ;-)

Giant Meteor's picture

Damn, another trick question ...

Thinking, thinking ...

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

And I can no longer purchase crystallized iodine for parasite staining or send Select Agents ( the list changes all the time) to other labs for testing without notifying the government. I hope everyone feels safe.


NoDecaf's picture

and this is happening now, under "normal" conditions...post-shtf world is going to be stranger and scarier than fiction.


Giant Meteor's picture

Well I had to start upvoting somwhere. All these comments are gems, but you got me at the quoted "normal." and of course "scarier than fiction." I suppose I have a serious opinion on the topic, but for the life of me, am unable so far to articulate it.

On the one hand I'm tempted to believe, well hell, God only knows what is "out there" in the wind so to speak, soooo, just another thing NOT to lose any sleep over, note, make mental note to self ...


Giant Meteor's picture

Well, I can't speak for anyone else certainly, but I for one am relieved ...

Thank You !

/s you know, just in case

samsara's picture

You won't find NaOH (Lye) in the laundry section of the drug store/grocery store anymore either.

Sabibaby's picture

Home Depot or anywhere you can buy cement just add H2O.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 24, 2017 9:20 PM

Hasn't this happened previously? What changed?

Giant Meteor's picture

Well the whole WWlll, armageddon, and super duper level events dress rehearsal thing ..

Of all the times not to have color coded warnings!

Just our luck ..


Chupacabra-322's picture

Remember that 911 Meme Gas Lit & planted into Psyche / Mindset / Sub Conscious of the American People.

Well, it's about to be bought out from the Sub Conscious into the Conscious.

Giant Meteor's picture

Ok second upvote.

Good thoughts here. Well not good. But you know what I mean.

See I learned a military term some time ago, old civil war tactic I believe .. hardly orginal even back then.

"Refuse The Line"



aloha_snakbar's picture

Of COURSE they will open it... they are Mexicans... they will probably even smell it...

Pull my finger, Vato...

RSDallas's picture

And it's all a coincidence??

Giant Meteor's picture

Absolutely. There have been a great many of those as of late.

Another coincidence !

Davidduke2000's picture

Just buy some iodine from alex jones, he cornered the market. 

Anarchyteez's picture

Oh just Fuckinshima great!

Giant Meteor's picture

No, no ..   Mexicanashima

El Bordero, need the Super Beautiful Lead Lined Border Wall, stat .. 

Goldilocks's picture

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster happened March 11, 2011, but before that (& it's probably still going on)...

Ocean disposal of radioactive waste

YourAverageJoe's picture

Iridium has a half life of 74 days.

Cobalt 60 is I think 30 years. Even those little casks use depleted uranium for shielding, which weighs a lot.

Twee Surgeon's picture

If you wanted to do a dirty bomb in the USA what would be the easiest way?

That story line has so many possibilities, it could go down many different paths, for example, 'You are going to do a dirty bomb and point a finger at an event or two in Mexico?' Perhaps it was ISIS ? I do not know.

I do wonder why so many Mexican Vans and trucks are wandering around in the undeclared civil war that is Latin America carrying tubs of Radio active shit ?

It is Mexico for cryin out loud, if it is not nailed down or protected by the local mob it is a fair game theft, that is how they roll.

The radio active bomb cloud thing goes off in San Diego or Manhattan, who knows ?

I think things are on the verge of going full retard.

Giant Meteor's picture

Excellent. Insight much appreciated.

Sabibaby's picture

It's not going to be done stealing X-ray machines. Or maybe they're idiots and think they can just use anything with  "radioactive" on it.

wally_12's picture

We have a friend who repairs and replaces X-Ray equipment. He went to a lab that had declared bankruptcy and found a machine that had been left on with the switch locked in the on position. Anyone walking in the vicinity of the machine was subject to radiation from the machine. The incident was quietly hushed up and he went on to other machines.

silverer's picture

Nasty, both. You have to think the thieves know that there may be value in this. Any ordinary thief would simple abandon the material someplace. I'll bet they sell it to people "very friendly" with the US. lol

Bananamerican's picture

i think it's just that mexicans will steal anything that isn't nailed down.

"Hey Jose, what is thees?"

"shut up pendejo, and grab the other end"


Herdee's picture

Trouble is, it can be used to expose a lot of people to high levels of radiation making them very sick and likely die.

Hammer's Thor's picture

Hi Amigo, yes, I'd like a number 192 - two Iridium Enchiladas and beans. Muchas Gracias.

Likstane's picture

That's gonna make a dirty bomb

Hammer's Thor's picture

Oops... clicked save twice. Make that a burrito instead.

Sabibaby's picture

No it really can't be used for that and in a dirty bomb where it's  all spread out it's  pretty  ineffecive. Tyler is just generating  traffic here.

Omega_Man's picture

FedEx shipment to NYC for Wednesday

I Write Code's picture

Iridium, mix it with Mexican silver for great belt buckles.

Giant Meteor's picture

And you know, that is a good thought. Someone probably just doing craft hobbies, a little road side souvenir stand.

I feel better about this already!

Hammer's Thor's picture

Or some shiny 1oz silver libertads. Very shiny...

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Please save us big daddy government.  We promise to be good from now on.

Giant Meteor's picture

Belly laugh, just the right "tone."

Thanks for that ..

user2011's picture

must be the fat boy kim.