29 January 2005
SBS World Watch Bulletins

The customs service in a Volga region has seized more than 37 kilograms of depleted uranium. The officers of the Orenburg customs service spotted the dangerous cargo during examination of a car with a radiation detector.

The car contained 37.5 kilograms of uranium-238, which is a depleted form.

An owner of the container described it in a customs declaration as a “dumb-bell”. He said he had found it at a dump and used it for exercise and sometimes straightened nails with it. Specialists are looking for the origin of the container.