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

San Francisco criminal radiological act, 1978

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 29 September 2022

Date: late September 1978

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Type of event: criminal act using radioactive material


A female graduate student ingested 3-5 millicuries of phosphorus-32 in late September with the contamination identified on 15 November. The student exhibited skin rash and lesions leading to discovery of phosphorus-32 contamination at her home. Two friends of the student were also externally exposed and had resulting skin rash and legions.

Consequences: 3 injuries.


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