Bizarre “radiation incident” as Fukushima plumes hit U.S. in March 2011 — Law enforcement divisions descended on home of teenager with geiger counter (VIDEO)

Published: February 27th, 2013 at 12:29 am ET


Title: Huntsville’s young scientist
Source: ABC 31 (Huntsville, AL)
Author: Hollie Thrasher
Date: February 26, 2013

When William Lucas was 13 years-old he did made a huge discovery before Nasa, the US Air Force, or any other scientist around the world; he discovered a massive Gamma Ray burst. […]

[…] He began measuring the [Fukushima] radiation fallout as it spread. The readings spiked but not to dangerous levels, that is until March 28th [2011].

“My husband called me and said everybody and his uncle his [sic] coming over because our son is having a radiation incident, you have to come home,” recalled Diana Lucas, William’s mother.

[…] the Geiger counter was getting extremely high radiation readings. The Fire department called first but it did not stop there. Several different law enforcement divisions descended on the house expecting to possibly find illicit activity. Diana says her explanation was initially met with some skepticism.

“They did shoot me this look like we are not going to let you fool us.”

When they saw the Geiger counter one person decided to turn it off but not before William’s father was able to save the data. […]

The 13 year-old had detected a Gamma Ray burst originating from a black hole 3.8 billion light years away from Earth and he was the first to do it. […]

The Draco Kill Shot is considered to be the longest lasting Gamma Ray burst ever observed.

Watch the video here

Published: February 27th, 2013 at 12:29 am ET


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37 comments to Bizarre “radiation incident” as Fukushima plumes hit U.S. in March 2011 — Law enforcement divisions descended on home of teenager with geiger counter (VIDEO)

  • ion jean ion jean

    First word about Draco Kill Shot

    1st x hearing fire and police can detect a Geiger counter in use…huh?

    • ion jean ion jean

      The story is this: On March 11, 2011 there occurred the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami off Japan, leading to the release of radioactive materials at Fukushima, the largest nuclear problem since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Monitoring radiation levels around the globe was an imperative, and part of this monitoring took place on Radiation Network, an Internet site that displays radiation levels anywhere in the USA at any particular time. William Lucas is one of the monitors who use geiger counters to take ambient radiation levels, uploading their data automatically in real time using a software package called GeigerGraph.

      William’s mother, Diana Neville Lucas, told the audience that her son had had a fascination with geiger counters for years, and he soon talked his parents into supplying him with a geiger counter of the kind used by geologists, one that can track a wide variety of radiation. An active member of Radiation Network, William was interested to see background radiation levels begin to rise during March as fallout from Fukushima moved into the global circulation pattern.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I didn't get that from the article.

      "He registered his new gift with the Radiation Network which uploads his data automatically and began testing. He started off with bananas and rocks but found a bigger project in March of 2011."

      They knew where he was. They probably got a call from one of the alphabet soup gang.

      • ion jean ion jean

        William was interested to see background radiation levels begin to rise during March as fallout from Fukushima moved

        That's what really gets me…background and fallout start off as Very Different Things!

        So now they have to blame this on a black hole? More subterranean thinking from the nuclear reptilians.

  • ion jean ion jean

    The story goes on

    Then, on March 28, there came a sudden spike in the readings. On a calm Monday morning as William was setting out to go to school, levels climbed steadily for an hour far beyond even the enhanced levels caused by Fukushima. The results were automatically reported to the Radiation Network by William’s equipment, and soon his mother received a call from the Huntsville Fire Department saying there was a radiation problem at her house. It was only the beginning. First the Fire Department, then HazMat teams, even a SWAT team from local law enforcement arrived. Last to appear were representatives from the U.S. Air Force.

    • ion jean ion jean

      How do they know what the enhanced levels from Fukushima were? A hundred monitors to cover thousands of miles and half were broken…the plume hit the East Coast hard that week, plus convection storms…my family huddled indoors under pillows that week…such a coincidence!

    • ion jean ion jean

      Thanks to for the above excerpts.

  • probie probie

    Update: 3/28/11, 8:40 A.M. Here is follow up on the Radiation Alert from this morning. The Monitoring Station in question is located in Huntsville, Alabama. It triggered alerts based on radiation levels averaging in the 100 to 150 CPM range. We tried to reach the station through a number of different means, including via the Chat forum available from within the Radiation Network, but to no avail. So after a half hour or so, we contacted the Huntsville Fire Department and recommended they take independent radiation readings in the vicinity of the Monitoring Station. After all, Huntsville, AL is located about 30 miles from two different nuclear power plants, so we had to take this alert seriously. Fortunately, their readings showed no elevated radiation levels above normal background. After some time, radiation levels from the Monitoring Station in question dropped first to 0, then resumed at normal levels. But still receiving no response from the station, we disabled it, essentially removing it from the Radiation Network. We want to thank the Huntsville Fire Department for their timely support in this matter. I will write more on this incident later.

    Update: 3/28/11, 6:05 A.M. Something triggered a Radiation Alert this morning at a Monitoring Station in northern Alabama. We are trying to track down the reason behind it.

  • razzz razzz

    If he was registered on the network and left his Inspector on to report and it starts picking up and rising to lethal readings then some authority might take an interest.

    He got to name the burst, kool.

    Wonder what particles his Inspector was reading the gamma rays from? Guess I'll have to wait for the kid's book.

    The Inspector must have been located in a beam like a ray gun concentration. Surprised they didn't kick him out of school for unauthorized use of a computer on school grounds.

    Never saw the Russian meteor coming to hit except on a dashboard camera, the near miss bus-sized asteroid that followed hours later had only been discovered within the year if IRCC plus a few meteors that didn't make much news for mainstream media news at that time (San Fran, Cuba, Egypt). And we don't know where to store all the nuclear waste (spent fuel) but everything is fine.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Draco Kill Shot? Google it, there's nothing, until about seven days ago…

    Why now?

    Don't know the motive for the story.

    But here's the perpetrator for this particular one.

    • guezilla

      The main reason for the hazy Google results is that "Draco Kill Shot" was the boys name for it, which he apparently only used when he presented his findings at the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop held February 3-6 this year. The scientists call it GRB (Gamma Ray Burst) 110328A

      Not having seen the presentation I can't even try to comment on its veracity, though seeing as he held the presentation to a roomfull of scientist, I think it's fair to assume he got his recorded data to match the actual event.

      Which is, pretty cool, but for the discovery story this just means he detected it at the same time "Nasa, the US Air Force, or any other scientist around the world" did, but didn't find out what it meant until years later from the aforementioned entities. So, you know, another fluff piece along the lines of "Rich parents buy expensive gifts for their kid; scientists cousin helps boy write up a presentation about the data".

      In the context it's still an interesting story, and the boy's certainly had an unique experience.

    • We Not They Finally

      Why not understand that the fukeshima explosions caused action by England France and other countries. They warned their people that a massive radiation burst plume was coming. Unfortunately no such warnings in the USA.People who were warned avoided being exposed to rain..What happened to pregnant females who were exposed??Your guess is as good as mine.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Heavy radiation hit California before the 28th.

  • japan guinea pig

    Bizarre !!! Check this out !! Aomori in Japan today recieved Nuclear waste from Britain !! Check out the full story on Kyodo news web-site….as if they dont have enough problems of their own,they are now IMPORTING nuclear waste !!! If I dont laugh i'll cry LOL !!!


      though your post's OT, japan guinea pig, it is important.

      I've been thinking that the power-elite must know, by now, Japan's a complete write-off. Let's face it, it's already a radioactive wasteland. They (MSM) just haven't confirm this…yet. Knowing this myself, I didn't want to publicly suggest what your story is – now – hinting to: that Japan will – by default – become an international repository for nuclear wastes.

      This may seem wild to some, until you ponder the deeper psyche of the nuclear technologies community. These are not people who lose sleep over their industry's impact on others and the environment. They wouldn't want to lose their carefully-honed image of kindly eggheads by suggesting – now – that Japan be used as some 'final solution' to their industry's toxic waste problem. So, they'll wait and allow the situation to become irretrievable. That's the nice thing about nuclear waste. It's the gift that keeps on giving…and giving…and…

      …somewhere down the road, they'll offer the 'pragmatic' solution that Japan be rescued, by trading it's land – for use as a waste repository – in exchange for the right to relocate its population to an geographically safe region.

      Don't laugh! Such a scenario fits perfectly with the globalists' sense of planned resource management and the problem of tens-of-thousands of nuclear waste dumps that currently dot the planet! Just remember, you read it here…first…

      • Au Au

        What a dumb place to store radioactive waste. But it meets all of their stringent requirements:

        1) On an earthquake fault. Check.

        2) Surrounded by beautiful ocean. Check.

        3) Crumbly, porous, unstable ground. Check.

        4) Site of volcanoes. Check.

        5) Jet stream able to continue to desseminate radionucleides, when the containers rot, to the entire northern hemisphere and Pacific. Check.

        6) Populated. Check.

      • m a x l i

        AFTERSHOCK, I think you are spot on that this option will be discussed sooner or later. By coincidence, right now, I read a german MSM-online article, where the option to shift the german nuclear waste to Chernobyl or some place in Russia/Siberia is being discussed. The reason given is lower cost. This topic comes up now and then and it is clear from the readers discussion that the nuclear lobby in Germany is strongly in favour of the Ukraine/Russia/Siberia solution. Interestingly, the same nuclear shills who always tell you not much happened in Chernobyl, it's a save tourist destination, wildlife is thriving, everything as good as bananas, bla bla… for this topic "nuclear waste" suddenly 'reason' that the Chernobyl Exlusion Zone is a radiated inhabitable wasteland forever anyway, why not use it as a nuclear waste depository?

        For those who understand German:

        Thanks, Au, for your systematic work and your stringent criteria!


          thank you m a x l i for the intelligent response.

          It's truly horrifying how these people think and operate. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! I didn't want to make the suggestion last year, as I didn't want to give them the means to squirrel-out of another of their endless screw-ups. But now I think it's time we looked develop our positions (arguments) before they get going on this issue.

          Humanity's been far-too tolerant of the machinations of the nuclear technologies industry. We need to think proactively and give them (and their media-whores) no quarter!

          If humanity accepts the idea of using radioactive no-go zones as repositories for nuclear waste, they'll be no end to how many of these sites will eventually come about! While I'd be amenable to moving disparate nuclear waste materials to secure locations, I'm adamantly opposed to giving this deadly industry any further means to continue their deadly activities. I would require that all currently operating plants must first be scheduled for complete shutdown and any new ones under construction must be cancelled. Only then should we allow a global-wide transfer of nuclear waste to be consolidated within contaminated no-go zones.

          Yeah…Au had me rolling with that point list…

          • m a x l i

            I agree with your every word (leave out "intelligent"!)

            Two of the commentators (#5 and #16) in my above link already said exactly what you said here against the end ("I would require that all currently…")

            Yes, people like Au make it bearable to come to this mostly depressing site.

            • Au Au

              I can't take credit for the list. It's a page out of their professional journal.
              Let's see…I have it right here…I checked it out from the local library.
              It's called, "Nuclear Psychopath Today for Dummies."

              • m a x l i

                "Nuclear Psychopath Today for Dummies"
                Yes, this volume and a few quiet similar pieces of standard literature were all compulsory part of my education for many years. Hard to resist!

    • Sue

      Actually, I think you'll find that the waste was sent from Japan to Britain to be processed. As you guys are probably aware, it is law that dictates that the reprocessed fuel be returned to Japan. Having said that, I believe that the UK will be keeping nuclear waste sent from Germany for reprocessing. If anyone can explain the legality of that, I would love to hear it.

    • Anthony Anthony

      ….Imported poisons which will be incinerated with their own locally generated contaminants. I will put money on that theory.

  • thats strange — i remember 3/28 : the internet archive archived radnetwork, but strangely had copies of one day standing in for most of the latter half of march. one person blogged about the incredibly high readings of a sudden in AL; as well as the subsequent sudden drop to zero; they took a screenshot; i have had details posted at

    and i just added a tag so that you go directly to the relevant passage (the rest is interesting, but not about the elevated AL readings)(although the passage just preceding is about Internet Archive's RadNetwork (suspected) shenanigans.


  • Question

    Would the Americium in smoke detectors be affected by the presence of noble gasses in the environment?

    In early April 2011 every fire alarm in my house went off. I called the fire department and when they came they told me people all over my area were experiencing the same problem.

    It has never happened before or after.

    I've lived in the house since 1999.

  • razzz razzz

    Americium used in fire alarms is overly sensitive and gives many false alarms. Be interesting to know what would block the ionization in mass to set off a bunch of alarms at once in a neighborhood.

    It is the opposite if Geiger counters drop to zero readings, an americium fire alarm would go off if something is interfering with ionization counts in either the Geiger counters or the americium fire alarm sensors.

  • Sickputer

    Back to the thread…I want more news not just about the smart kid, but what else happened radiation-wise in America on March 28, 2011. I think there is more to the story than we know.

    Unfortunately, looking back at SadNet records is unlikely to help us out. Perhaps Daiichi plume accounts in the 3-7 day time frame prior to the Alabama anomaly on March 28. This whole story seems a little flaky to me… No disrespect to the kid. I guess I am just jaded and damn suspicious of anything involving US radiation monitoring two weeks after 311.

    12 days to the 2nd anniversary of 311 and so many questions still unresolved.


      actually, Sickputer, I'm with you on the feelings of suspicion. Not for nut'n, but I'm having trouble with the idea of an off-the-shelf Geiger counter being able to pick-up on deep-space anomalies. I don't know enough of the science to say it couldn't be done. But I'm thinking, if he was able to detect these gamma particles, then the rest of the world would've been doing so, as well. Of course, there's always a chance the world-wide rad-monitoring system's were offline and his station happened to be the only one left on. (insert smirk here]

  • Sickputer

    The plot thickens…notice nothing much was said by TV reporter Hollie Thrasher that the boy has a pretty good pedigree:

    Grandfather William R. Lucas: 4th Director of the of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He served as director from June 15, 1974 to July 3, 1986; when he retired as a result of the Challenger tragedy.

    The first director was Wernher Von Braun pictured here on the left with Lucas in 1974:

    The son of the director is William Lucas and he has an MS in computer science from the University of Alabama and works as a software engineer in Huntsville for Dynetics Corporation which is described as: "…delivers the “Power of Solutions” to government and commercial customers in the areas of intelligence, missiles, aviation, cyber and space. Based in Huntsville, Ala., with offices throughout the United States…"

    Source: LinkedIn

    The older Lucas is now 90 and dad is 60. Dad was the one who so fortuitously "saved" the data on the Geiger counter.

    Mom Diana is quite a promoter also:

    "Although William’s copyrighted sign is a major accomplishment, it’s not his first in the arts.

    In 2010, William’s painting dubbed “Monster” was one of nearly 200 works of art from kindergarten through 12th grade selected to be exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art in light of Youth Art Month (YAM)."

    • Sickputer

      Nothing not a little help from Mom and Dad punching up the old resume for a future scholarship at University of Alabama Class of 2022.

      But inquiring minds want to know more about the odds of a new Geiger counter held by a 13-year-old boy outdoing NASA, etc…

      "Bizarre" indeed.