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

Gronzy orphaned source, 1999

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 8 April 2005

Date: 13 September 1999

Location: Gronzy, Chechnya, Russia

Type of event: attempted theft of source


Six individuals attempted to steal radioactive material from a chemical factory in Grozny. They opened a container and removed several of nine 12-cm rods of cobalt-60, each one 27,000 curies. One individual handled a source for a few minutes and reportedly died 30 minutes later. Of the others, two died of radiation exposure and three suffered radiation injury.

Consequences: 3 fatalities, 3 injuries.


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