Radioactive material false alarm spurs FBI response near Truckee
April 1, 2008
The FBI responded to Interstate 80 in Truckee this morning after a radiation was detected in a big rig at the weighing scales, a sheriff’s official reported today.
The radioactive material was detected by a radiation Geiger counter, spurring law enforcement from all over the region to respond in accordance to Homeland Security protocol, Nevada County Sheriff Ron Smith said.
“The FBI flew in and there was law enforcement all over the place,” he said.
However, the scare was a false alarm: The radioactive material was coming from medical equipment hauled by the truck.
The truck driver had forgotten to put the radioactive item on his list, triggering the response, Smith said.