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

La Hague radiological assault, 1979

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 16 September 2007

Date: 11 May 1979

Location: La Hague, France

Type of event: use of radioactive material in intentional assault on an individual


An individual placed radioactive graphite fuel element plugs under the driver's seat of a car. The victim sustained a 25-30 rad dose to his spinal bone marrow and 400-500 rads to his testes. The perpetrator, who was trying to kill his employer, was tried and convicted of poisoning by radiation, fined $1,000, and served 9 months in prison.

Consequences: 1 injury (localized exposure)


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