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Airport 'Radiation' Scare Is Groundless

July 17, 1986|United Press International

MIAMI — A harmless white powder used as insulation touched off a scare that radioactive material had contaminated U.S. Customs inspectors and airline employees at Miami International Airport Wednesday, officials said.

Workers were unloading a shipment of iridium 192, a radioactive yellow powder used to test metals, for a customs check when a whitish powder spilled over customs agents and airline employees, officials said.

The workers removed their clothing and were checked for radiation, but the powder turned out to be packing material insulating the containers, officials said.

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