Radioactive isotope found, Columbus Ohio Hazmat Responds


HMN- Columbus Division of Fire responds to what was described as a box labeled “radioactive” and “hazardous materials”. The investigation was being conducted by the Fire Department based EOD team and Law Enforcement. Are you ready for this call? How will your department respond to potential radioisotope emergency? Do you train on RAD and how often? Things that make you go ….?

According to ABC6:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Authorities are investigating an item discovered in Franklinton that may be radioactive.

Hazmat crews and the Columbus Division of Fire bomb squad was dispatched to Taylor Avenue upon the report of a box marked hazardous materials. When police saw the box, they opened it and found a Geiger counter, a device used to measure radioactivity.

A fire official said the chemical they discovered is called cesium-137, which is radioactive agent commonly used by plumbers, but can be used for other things.

Investigators said it’s part of an ongoing investigation, but wouldn’t elaborate further on that.

Authorities are waiting for the owner of the chemical to arrive back on the property.

Nobody was hurt, but people were kept at least six feet away from the property for two hours as a precaution.


According to the CDC the half-life of cesium-137 is 30.17 years and the mode of decay includes Beta and Gamma radiation making it a serious threat. The what, where, and why of Cesium can be found on the CDC website below

Radioisotope Brief: Cesium-137 (Cs-137)



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