Nukewatch Quarterly Fall 2013
MIAMI, Florida — An anonymous caller to the Department of Emergency Management in Florida informed authorities of radioactive waste being stored along a fence line at the Opa-locka Executive Airport near Miami. Authorities found 55-gallon drums containing uranium-238 and evacuated the area July 25. The drums were located in an area used to dismantle planes, and contained parts from navigational equipment and counter-balances. U-238, being twice as dense as lead, is often used as balancing weights in aircraft. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lieutenant Arnold Piedrahita said they found minimal levels of radiation.
— CBS News, NBC, USA Today & Reuters, July 25, 2013