Two U.S. Energy Department security officials reportedly had nuclear materials stolen from their rental vehicle in Texas last year. The experts from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory were sent to San Antonio to retrieve the plutonium and cesium on March 21, 2017, according to a Monday report from The Center for Public Integrity.
The materials were left in their car, which was in the parking lot of a Marriott hotel, and when they returned to the vehicle the next morning the items were gone. No suspects were named and the nuclear material remains at large and a danger to the public.
According to experts, it takes 7 pounds of plutonium to create a functioning nuclear warhead.
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