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4 detained after missing radioactive source retrieved

2014-05-12 08:29 Xinhua Web Editor: Mo Hong'e

Four people have been detained after a missing radioactive source was retrieved in eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, local police said Sunday.

The iridium-192 radioactive source went missing Wednesday when four workers with the Tianjin Hongdi Engineering Test Development Co. Ltd. were carrying out tests in a yard of a construction company under China's oil refiner Sinopec in Nanjing, police said.

Hongdi reported the loss to police late Thursday night, prompting the city government to start an emergency response plan. The source was retrieved late Saturday afternoon.

Police detained four workers with the Hongdi company Saturday. They had violated working regulations and storage rules, which led to the missing of the source, police said.

No casualties by exposure to the radioactive source have been reported.

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