University Accidentally Misplaces Sample of Weapons-Grade Plutonium

May 04, 2018

Idaho State University recently announced that it cannot find a small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium. Federal officials have proposed an $8,500 fine for the loss.


The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement that Idaho State University cannot account for 1 gram of plutonium. The same material that is used in nuclear reactors and used to make nuclear bombs.



1 gram of plutonium is about the same size as a US quarter.


Officials say that the amount is too small to make a regular nuclear bomb but that it is enough to make a dirty bomb that spreads radiation.


The university says that it has documents that show that the material was on campus in 2003 and 2004, but school officials came up empty-handed during a search for the plutonium in October.


If you see any spare plutonium lying around, let Idaho State University know because it just might be theirs.



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