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Radioactive Capsule Missing in Venezuela


Venezuelan authorities say a capsule containing radioactive material has disappeared from an oil company's facility in northeastern Venezuela.

Public safety officials Wednesday announced that oil company B.J. Servicios last week reported the capsule missing from its facility in Anzoategui state.

Investigators say the capsule contains a dangerous radioactive substance called Cesium-137.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says exposure to large amounts of the material can cause burns, radiation sickness or death.

The capsule was meant for geological studies.

This is the second time in the last month that radioactive material has disappeared in Venezuela. In mid-December, a truck carrying a container of Iridium-192 was stolen in the Yaracuy state. That capsule was recovered.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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