An Alabama man thought he saw what appeared to be a yellow “Yeti cooler” on Mooresville Road in Tanner, AL, so he stopped to pick it up. When he got close enough to read it, he saw the word “radioactive” with the sticker on it and decided to go to Huntsville Hospital for a check-up, just to be safe. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed that the box contained two sources of radioactive material. How can this happen in Alabama?
If you see a yellow crate lying on the road, don’t touch it. It may contain radioactive substances. A man from Alabama learned that lesson in Limestone County.
Man stops to get ‘Yeti cooler’ on street turns out to be radioactive box
WHNT News 19 reported that an Alabama man was on Mooresville Road in Tanner on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 when he saw a yellow box on the road. He thought it might be a “yeti cooler” so he stopped to check. As he got closer, he deciphered the word “Radioactive” on the box with a warning sticker, so he decided it wasn’t the kind of Yeti cooler he was hoping for.
He decides to go to Huntsville Hospital to get checked out just in case he was exposed to something dangerous. He was examined and discharged from the hospital.
The yellow box he came across reads:
“USA DOT 7A RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL TYPE A PACKAGE SPECIAL FORM UN 3332 RQ.”
Inside the yellow radioactive box is a “moisture meter” that protects people from the radioactive material. It is used to “test the structural integrity of roads, bridges and buildings”.
*This information is from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
WHNT News 19 reported that after the first man saw that it wasn’t a Yeti cooler and left, a second man pulled up, put it in the back of his small white pickup truck, and drove off. WHNT News 19 learned this information from an employee at a nearby company who witnessed when it happened.
The employee then said that on Wednesday, January 11, “two men came into the store and asked for the yellow radioactive box.”
For those wondering if this really happened or was a hoax, it was very real and has been confirmed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
The Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) confirms that it contains radioactive sources
Turns out it actually contains radioactive sources, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
A spokesman for ADPH released a statement on the incident.
Part of the statement can be read below:
“On the evening of January 10, 2023, Alabama Radiation Control received information about a gauge that contained radioactive material that did not appear to be in the possession of its owner. An employee of the owner later contacted an Alabama Radiation Control employee on the evening of January 10, 2023 with information about a lost meter. Alabama Radiation Control dispatched an employee to locate the meter; However, the employee could not find the measuring device at this point. On the morning of January 11, 2023, Alabama Radiation Control was contacted by a Qualified Person employed by the meter owner. The gauge was lost around 5750 Mooresville Road in Tanner, Alabama. The cardboard container is yellow and rectangular, with the words “Caution…Radioactive Material” on labels on the cardboard. Manufacturer and model, Troxler 3430, are also printed on the packaging. The device inside the box is used for construction activities such as B. measuring the density and compaction of soils. The device contains 2 radioactive sources. While sources must be secured within the device shield, we ask that members of the public do not touch the device. The device is owned by Building and Earth Sciences, phone numbers 205-836-6300 or 205-422-4820.-ADPH spokesperson (Source: Alabama Department of Public Health)
So always be careful before stopping to grab a yellow “Yeti cooler” found on the road. It may be more radioactive than you think.
Official website of the Alabama Department of Health (ADPH).
Newsum, Kait. “Radioactive ‘surprise’ box returned to owner.” WHNT News 19. Published January 11, 2023. Updated January 12, 2023.
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