Media: in the Shanghai airport when checking Luggage found banknotes with a high level of radiation
Control system the airport has identified Americium-241. The half-life of highly toxic radioactive substance is 433 years.
SHANGHAI, October 18. /TASS/. Shanghai customs discovered a pack of radioactive banknotes worth 10 thousand yuan ($1538) to Shanghai Pudong international airport at security check Luggage. This writes in Wednesday newspaper Shanghai Daily.
The incident happened on 10 October during a routine Luggage check, which showed high levels of radioactivity were in the bag of one of passengers of banknotes. It is reported that the monitoring system had detected a highly toxic radioactive substance Americium-241, half-life is 433 years. It poses a danger to humans and can lead to the formation of cancer cells. This is the first detection of banknotes with serious radiation levels at airports of Shanghai.
Money from transporting their passengers were seized by customs, however the man himself has not yet arrested and, according to the newspaper, most likely, did not know about the danger they carried notes.
The investigation is ongoing. About how highly radioactive substance has got into banknotes, are not reported.