Stolen Radioactive Device Sets Mexican Border City on Alert

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Mexican authorities issued an alert for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, regarding a stolen piece of radioactive equipment. The border city is directly south of the Texas cities of McAllen, Hidalgo, Pharr, and Mission.

Mexico’s Civil Protection Agency (CNPC) issued the alert, claiming a piece of stolen equipment contained radioactive material that could be dangerous if handled without care. Authorities described the missing equipment as a density and humidity meter with a radioactive core; typically used in construction projects.

The equipment went missing on Wednesday afternoon when a worker parked his vehicle at a convenience store along the Reynosa-Matamoros Highway. Details of the theft remain unclear, however. The effects of handling the radioactive material without protection were not revealed in detail by authorities.

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