Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Kingisepp orphaned source, 1999

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 23 November 2005

Date: 1999

Location: Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia

Type of event: orphaned radioisotope source


The radioisotope core of a radiothermal generator was recovered at a bus station in Kingisepp. Radiation levels at the surface of the source were 1000 rad/hour. The source had been stolen from a lighthouse 50 km away by three men stealing metal to sell as scrap; all three died of radiation injury.

Consequences: 3 fatalities.


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