(NEWSER) – Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned astolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material. And while officials say a nearby town is not in danger, the thieves themselves are likely doomed. "The person or people who took this out are in very great risk of dying," says a physicist with the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, adding that the normal survival rate would be between one and three days. His quote in the Washington Post is even more explicit: "They will, without a doubt, die."
Posted Thursday, December 5th 2013 @ 12pm by Newser Editors and Wire Services