Missing radioactive capsule in Australia turns up on remote road

(CNN) — A small radioactive capsule Missing in Australia After a challenging search like finding a needle in a haystack, she was found on the side of the road.

Officials in the state of Western Australia announced the discovery on Wednesday afternoon, six days after the capsule was found missing from a parcel sent from a mining site in the state’s north to the state capital, Perth.

Authorities believe the capsule, containing highly radioactive cesium-137 material, somehow fell off the back of a truck as it was transported 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) along the Great Northern Highway.

Western Australian state officials searched for a small radioactive capsule believed to have fallen from the truck. (Department of Fire and Emergency Services/AP)

The capsule’s disappearance prompted an extensive roadside search by specialized radiation detection units, and the public was warned not to approach the capsule, which could cause severe burns if it comes in contact with the skin.

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