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”
Published: May 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm ET