Uranium found in Phoenix house, not radioactive

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Hazmat teams were called out to a retirement where uranium might have been found. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Hazmat teams were called out to a retirement where uranium might have been found. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Firefighters tried to determine if uranium found at senior living home was radioactive. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Firefighters tried to determine if uranium found at senior living home was radioactive. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hazmat crews say they found no detectable levels of radiation at a Phoenix retirement community Monday after a woman discovered uranium in a lead case.

It happened at the Beatitudes Campus at 16th and Glendale avenues around 7:30 p.m.

According to firefighters, a woman was cleaning out the garage of her deceased father-in-law's retirement home when she found a lead case that had uranium inside, according to Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson Reda Bigler.

The father-in-law was a long-time chemist.

Hazmat crews donned protective suits and entered the home with Geiger counters to measure any potential radiation. They found none, Bigler said.

"They metered the homeowner that lived here to find out if anyone was exposed. This has apparently been in the home for many, many years," she said. "We have no hazards. We did not evacuate anybody."

The uranium was in a three-inch cylindrical bottle, firefighters said. The bottle was enclosed in a lead case.

Firefighters said the uranium was likely U-238, a radioactive isotope that can be converted into nuclear fuel.

The metal was then turned over to the Arizona Radiological Regulatory Agency, which will dispose of it.

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