GUADALAJARA, Mex. (INTELLIHUB) Nine states have been placed on high alert by the Mexican government after radioactive material was stolen near the outskirts of Mexico’s largest city.

The material is known as Iridium-192 and can be used to make a dirty bomb.

“The source can be dangerous if it is not handled in safe conditions,” a spokesman said for the Ministry of the Interior. It could cause permanent injuries to anyone who manipulates it or is in contact with it over a short period of time.”

This marks the second time that radioactive material was stolen inside of Mexico. In 2013, a truck containing Cobalt-60 was stolen but later recovered.

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Iridium-192 has a half-life of about 73 days.

H/T: Tabertronic/Twitter

Sources:

Mexico on HIGH ALERT after radioactive material ‘capable of creating DIRTY BOMB’ is stolen — Express

Officials are searching for radioactive material stolen in Mexico — Business Insider

Mexico says vehicle carrying radioactive material stolen — ABC News

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