Fed Ex Missing Radioactive Rod Search, En Route, Fargo-Knoxville
Federal Express Missing Radioactive Rod Search: Radioactive Rod Was En Route From Fargo, North Dakota To Knoxville, Tennessee
Update: Fed Ex has found radioactive rod CNN reports
Federal Express is trying to track down a metal radioactive rod. The radio active rod was used to calibrate equipment like CT scanners. The radioactive rod was encased in a lead casing as part of a shipment of three rods en route from Fargo, North Dakota and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Reuters reports that the nuclear regulatory commission has been notified and that the agency does not consider the missing rod a public health concern.
Lindsay Davenport, the Fed Ex, spokesperson says as long as the rod stays in the container it should not pose a concern.
Davenport said FedEx is searching its hubs, stations and trucks. The company believes the rod was lost between Memphis and Knoxville or that it was misplaced after delivery.
"This is not an unusual shipment for us," Davenport said. "We actually have a dangerous goods department that works with shippers to ensure that they have the right packaging material, labeling, and all of the things that are necessary to ship this type of material."