In Minsk, a plastic bucket was found in a garbage container in the courtyard of a residential building, inside of which were glass and plastic containers with signs “Danger.
Radioactive substances or ionizing radiation “.
This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus.
Rescuers protected the scene. Preliminary measurements showed a fourfold excess of the radiation background at a distance of one meter from the tanks.
EMERCOM employees discovered five containers with powdered substances: uranyl chloride – 2 cans (1 kg each), uranyl nitrate – 1 can (1 kg), uranyl sulfate – 1 can (1 kg), three-acid uranium – 1 can (1 kg).
It is noted that after the removal of the tanks, the radiation background in the courtyard of the apartment building has returned to normal.
Minsk police officers found out that a resident of the house had left the radioactive substances on the container site. Radioactive substances belonged to Minsk woman born in 1939, who worked at the chemical faculty of one of the universities, and in 2016 she died. The granddaughter of this woman decided to clean up her grandmother’s apartment and brought out containers with a substance of unknown origin to the trash can.
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