Australia: How a tiny radioactive capsule was found in Australia’s vast outback

On 25 January, when mining company Rio Tinto reported that one of their Caesium-137 radioactive capsules had gone missing, Western Australian authorities faced a seemingly impossible task. They had to locate a pea-sized capsule anywhere along a 1,400km (870 mile) Read More …

UK Government targets bomb making materials and poisons in new crackdown

Today (23 January 2023) the government has laid secondary legislation to further tighten controls for poisons and chemicals which can be used to make explosives, also known as ‘explosives precursors’, by updating the Poisons Act 1972. Following the Manchester Arena Read More …

UK: Uranium detected in package at Heathrow Airport

A small amount of uranium has been detected in a package that arrived in the UK at Heathrow Airport following a routine screening. The Metropolitan Police said its counter-terrorism command unit was contacted by Border Force colleagues at the airport Read More …

Germany: Man arrested on suspicion of procuring cyanide and ricin for ‘Islamist-motivated’ attack

A man has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of procuring the deadly poisons cyanide and ricin to be used in an “Islamist-motivated” attack, authorities have said. The 32-year-old, an Iranian citizen, was arrested in the city of Castrop-Rauxel, in Read More …

United States Donates CBRN Detection Equipment to Thailand

The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) donated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection equipment worth USD $2.1 million to the Kingdom of Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) during a handover ceremony on December 9, Read More …

Germany: Phosphorus exposure from WWII bomb at US base in Stuttgart lands five in hospital

Five construction workers were hospitalized Thursday after an unexploded World War II-era phosphorus bomb at Patch Barracks was accidently struck, releasing some of the poisonous gas, Army officials said. Patch Barracks is home to U.S. European Command headquarters. At about Read More …

U.S. Army Chemical Corps Soldiers train with U.S. Navy SEALs during Exercise Trident

JOINT BASE LITTLE CREEK-FORT STORY, Va. – U.S. Army Chemical Corps Soldiers are training with U.S. Navy SEALs during Exercise Trident here, Nov. 28 – Dec. 16. Soldiers from the 45th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Company (Hazardous Response) are Read More …

UK, US and France release rare joint statement after Russia contacts them over ‘dirty bomb’ claims

Russia has engaged in an unusual burst of contact with the West’s three nuclear powers to raise baseless claims about a dirty bomb plot in Ukraine, amid fears of further escalation. In the past 48 hours, Vladimir Putin’s defence minister, Read More …

Premier U.S. Department of Defense all hazards command marks 18th anniversary

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – The U.S. military’s premier all hazards formation marked its 18th anniversary, Oct. 16. The 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command celebrated its birthday early during a widely attended cake cutting ceremony, Oct. 14, Read More …

New Jersey: Gloucester County receives HazMat Vehicle through American Rescue Plan funds

National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about steps individuals, families and communities can take to be ready for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Commissioner Denice DiCarlo, liaison to the Emergency Response Department, Read More …