Missing nuclear cylinder spotted at a Thai car wash
A missing cylinder with a highly dangerous isotope might have been spotted in a car wash in Thailand. Authorities have been searching for a capsule of Caesium-137 believed to be stolen from a power plant, last month. An employee at the car wash reported seeing an iron cylinder very similar to the missing one in the back of a pickup.
Local police are now searching for the owner of a pickup truck who had his vehicle cleaned at a local car wash about three weeks ago. The 30 cm long cylinder was reported missing from a steam power plant in the same district on Friday, March 10.
Both an employee and his boss told police that the cylinder on the truck cleaned at the car wash resembled the one in a photo of the missing isotope. The truck belongs to a security guard employed at an industrial park located in the Prachin Buri district.
The company that owns the cylinder has offered a reward of 100,000 baht (€ 2756) to anyone who provides information on the whereabouts of the missing Caesium-137.
In the unfortunate event that the cylinder is taken apart, the exposed human body will suffer from body tissue decay and radiation sickness from beta and gamma radiation. Prolonged exposure is lethal.