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

Baku orphaned source, 1982

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 20 September 2007

Date: 5 October 1982

Location: Baku, Azerbaidjan, USSR

Type of event: irradiation from orphaned source


A cesium-137 source was carried by an individual in a clothes pocket, exposing several individuals. Five people suffered radiation burns and died; at least one other person suffered acute radiation sickness, and 12 others were exposed.

Consequences: 5 deaths, 13 injuries.


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