Radioactive Substance Discovered In Unoccupied California Home


California state health officials plan to separate radioactive material that was found in an unoccupied San Mateo County home.

Officials with the San Mateo County Environmental Health Services division notified the Redwood City Fire Department that they had discovered material with low to moderate levels of radioactivity; as per the report by The San Francisco Chronicle.

The home is situated on the 1000 block of Cedar Street in San Carlos, a city of about 30,000 halfway between San Jose and San Francisco.

The radioactive elements were identified as cobalt 57 and radium 286.

The discovery of the radioactive materials prompted temporary closures of nearby roads, along with the nearby San Carlos Youth Center and Burton Park.

Tara Peterson, assistant city manager for the city said, “There’s no danger to the public.”

The home reportedly belonged to a guy named Ronald Seefred, who passed away in January at age 82. Officials from the California Department of Public Health plan to separate the material and dispose of.


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