(Image source: DSHS)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

We’ve all misplaced things at one point in time, but Halliburton’s latest loss is a big oops.

KOSA: “A three-man National Guard team from Austin has discontinued the search for a missing radioactive oil field device.”

NBC: “But if you find it, stay away. The equipment lost by a crew somewhere in West Texas contains dangerous radioactive material."

So somewhere in West Texas there’s this:

A 7-inch radioactive cylinder the company lost track of earlier this week. They were apparently transporting it for 130 miles... when they realized it was missing.

The National Guard had been brought in, and Halliburton is offering a reward for its recovery. Except — reminder — don’t get close.

A state health services official says, It's not something that produces radiation in an extremely dangerous form. But it’s best for people to stay back, 20 or 25 feet."

I dunno about you, but I’d stay much further back than that. The tool contains a mixture of beryllium and americium-241 — which is a Category 3 source on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s five-tier scale. The Daily Tech explains...

“A Category 3 means that a person could suffer ‘permanent injury’ if they handled it for a number of hours, and they could die if they handled it for a number of weeks.”

Either way — whoever comes across it will see the words “Danger radioactive” and “Do not handle” stamped on the cylinder.

 

Halliburton Misplaces Radioactive Device in West Texas

by Christina Hartman
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Sep 17, 2012

Halliburton Misplaces Radioactive Device in West Texas

(Image source: DSHS)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

We’ve all misplaced things at one point in time, but Halliburton’s latest loss is a big oops.

KOSA: “A three-man National Guard team from Austin has discontinued the search for a missing radioactive oil field device.”

NBC: “But if you find it, stay away. The equipment lost by a crew somewhere in West Texas contains dangerous radioactive material."

So somewhere in West Texas there’s this:

A 7-inch radioactive cylinder the company lost track of earlier this week. They were apparently transporting it for 130 miles... when they realized it was missing.

The National Guard had been brought in, and Halliburton is offering a reward for its recovery. Except — reminder — don’t get close.

A state health services official says, It's not something that produces radiation in an extremely dangerous form. But it’s best for people to stay back, 20 or 25 feet."

I dunno about you, but I’d stay much further back than that. The tool contains a mixture of beryllium and americium-241 — which is a Category 3 source on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s five-tier scale. The Daily Tech explains...

“A Category 3 means that a person could suffer ‘permanent injury’ if they handled it for a number of hours, and they could die if they handled it for a number of weeks.”

Either way — whoever comes across it will see the words “Danger radioactive” and “Do not handle” stamped on the cylinder.

 

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