MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say they are searching for radioactive material that was stolen from a vehicle in a southwestern borough of the capital.
A joint statement from Mexico City and federal agencies says the container was taken from a vehicle belonging to a local radiography supplier in the Alvaro Obregon district on Friday, July 6.
It contains Iridium-192, a radioactive isotope used in construction and manufacturing. The statement late Sunday said the material can be dangerous if extracted and not handled properly. Anyone who comes in contact for a prolonged period risks permanent injury.
Authorities warned people not to go near the container and establish a safety perimeter of at least 100 feet if it is found.
There have been several such thefts in Mexico in recent years.