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

Bulgaria radiation incident, 1972

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 24 September 2007

Date: 1972

Location: Bulgaria

Type of event: suicide by self-inflicted radiation injury


An individual received a self-inflicted fatal radiation dose from cesium-137 capsules used for radiotherapy, possibly by injecting them into soft tissue. The localized dose exceeded 20,000 rad.

Consequences: 1 fatality.


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