Cover-up? Burning ship with tons of radioactive uranium hexafluoride, explosives — Tens of thousands nearby for Evangelical church day — Public not told of “near-catastrophe” (PHOTO)

Published: May 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm ET
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Title: Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material
Source: The Local
Date: May 17, 2013

Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material

[...] Fire fighters said they had only narrowly been able to prevent a catastrophe on May 1st when the freighter “Atlantic Cartier” caught fire – complete with its radioactive load.

Tens of thousands of people were gathered just a few hundred metres away to celebrate the Evangelical church day when the ship went up in dramatic flames.

[...] The authorities confirmed that the ship had been carrying around nine tonnes of the dangerous uranium hexafluoride, a toxic chemical used in the nuclear industry, as well as four tonnes of explosives, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported. [...]

Most of the shipments were due for a uranium-enriching facility [...]

Anjes Tjarks, Green spokesman for harbour policy

  • “Hamburg just managed to scrape past a catastrophe on May 1st”
  • “It is a monstrosity that the government did not inform the public about this near-catastrophe of its own initiative”
  • “One has to speak of a cover-up attempt”

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