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Goiânia Accident (wikipedia.org)
21 points by tosh on June 27, 2020 | hide | past | favorite | 2 comments

Also see the International Atomic Agency's report on the accident (linked from the wikipedia article):


It's a heart wrenching story. The guys who caused the accident were scavenging for scrap- pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel to bring their families money. On that day, they brought death to their families- death in the form of an enchantingly blue-glowing powder that their kids played with and put on their skin like glitter. These people didn't know anything about radioactivity. They couldn't have imagined what they brought into their homes. They never had a chance.

The movie “Césio 137 - o pesadelo de goiânia” is a well done dramatization of the tragedy.

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